LAST UPDATED JANUARY 13, 2021

COVID-19 Extraordinary Measures in place for a safe environment

Because we are a private school and an essential service, we’ve been operating our state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities for months during COVID with protocols in place to ensure a safe environment for our academics.

Our protocols are effective and they’re working because they are being followed. Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, says that “the data so far suggests schools are a ‘very safe’ place to be during the pandemic. When the safety protocols that are in place in schools are followed, it is a very safe environment and transmission is very unlikely”. There have been no outbreaks of COVID-19 at any of our schools

The small class sizes at CEFA make this even more of a reality. In addition to our own CEFA protocols, both BC and Alberta provincial guidelines are also being observed, respectively.

CEFA - Covid Protocols

All of our CEFA locations have been adhering to strict cleaning and disinfecting actions within the school to prevent communicable disease and will carry on doing so.

Masks on Staff:

  • Teachers are required to wear masks at all times when interacting with other teachers, staff and parents. They are also required to wear masks while they are outside of the classroom (but inside the school). This includes handling/serving food, changing diapers, etc.
  • While not a requirement, we recommend teachers continue to wear masks in their classrooms during usually scheduled curriculum time. (Masks are not required in the classroom as teachers have the opportunity to manage adequate social distance between a variety of areas within the classroom).
  • Chefs are required to wear a mask at all times while preparing, delivering and serving food. They are also required to wear a mask when interacting with teachers, staff or students.

School Tours:
Schools will conduct virtual tours or after-hours tours to support no parents in the schools when children and teachers are present.

Hours:
All CEFA schools are open during regular operating hours.

Drop off and Pick up:
Out of an abundance of caution, each school is continuing with their existing COVID-19 drop off and pick up protocols. Parents/Guardians must also confirm the following at drop off:

1) In the child’s household, no one has returned from international travel in the past 14 days;

2) My child does not show any flu/cold-like symptoms today;

3) No one in my child’s household, including my child, has been identified by Public Health as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19;

4) If my child develops flu/cold-like symptoms while attending CEFA, I will pick up my child promptly, and I will keep my child at home until he/she has been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have resolved.

Additional Information:
In keeping with the direction of the Health Authority, we will continue to minimize the number of additional adults entering the school and strive to minimize the number of different staff that interact with the same children throughout the day. To accomplish this, where possible, teachers will no longer be changing classrooms for co-curricular and co-curricular will be taught by your child’s current classroom teachers. We thank you for helping us to avoid infection and control exposure at the schools by staying home when ill, abiding physical distancing codes, minimizing physical contact with others, and complying with recommended hygiene practices, such as regular handwashing and not touching your face.

Parent Access:
It is fully understood that parents have the legal right to see and have access to their children.  At CEFA, we fully support this.  We would never impede this from happening.  However, we still need to ensure this is conducted in the safest manner possible.  Until further notice, there will be no parents allowed beyond the foyer doors (with the exception of Gradual Entry).

Gradual Entry:
Understanding and recognizing that this will be somewhat uncomfortable to parents, the proposal is that all parents would have to complete preliminary health screening checks and questionnaires prior to entry.

  • Masks will be mandatory as will the use of hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Gradual entry would be permitted on the child’s first day.
  • There will be a 1-hour limit and only 1 parent (adult) will be allowed to be present.
  • For children under 36 months, Gradual Entry will be allowed inside the school.
  • For children over 36 months, Gradual Entry will occur on the playground.
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Established in 1998, our long history of successful alumni, our passionate founder/CEO, our award winning proprietary curriculum, our in-house culinary and nutrition program, and our commitment to developing your child and showing them the many ways they can contribute to the world are just some of the key traditions that make the CEFA difference.

Education is truly the most valuable gift you can give your child. Education at the Core Education & Fine Arts leading private school is the best gift you can give yourself.

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