As the Alberta government resumes reporting the number of COVID-19 cases in schools, Airdrie currently has 21 schools listed on the Province's COVID-19 School Status list.
Of the 21 total schools listed, three are listed under "outbreak" status, meaning 10 or more cases have been reported there, while six schools are under "alert" status with five to nine reported cases, and 12 are under "alert" status, with two to four cases reported.
While the provincial government initially stopped tracking the outbreaks when it ceased contract tracing efforts in schools, the information is now available again.
The announcement to continue with contact tracing efforts in schools came from Premier Jason Kenney during an update press conference held Oct. 5.
"We are taking action to protect students, school staff, and school communities while supporting vaccinations as the best defense against COVID-19," Kenney said. "To do this, we'll ramp up rapid testing, initiate contact notifications, and increase the public reporting families and many others rely on."
The change comes as Alberta continues to register upwards of 1,000 new COVID-19 cases daily, with daily deaths from the virus often numbering in the 20s in recent weeks.
Kenney also said the government will be strongly encouraging schools to implement mandatory proof of vaccination policies for adult staff and visitors.
With the reporting of COVID-19 in schools continuing and a majority of the public schools in Airdrie having reported cases, Rocky View Schools (RVS) said it will be sending letters to families on the approach it will be taking with parental notification moving forward.
"We intend to provide parents/guardians of an entire school the class/bus route/extracurricular activity that each individual who tests positive attended. These notifications will come out typically during the school day Monday [to] Friday," an RVS spokesperson said in a statement sent to the Airdrie City View.
"We continue to monitor the situation in each school very closely and will adjust measures depending on the needs of individual schools and as advised by Alberta Health Services. We appreciate the ongoing cooperation and support of students, families and staff with health protocols in our schools. They all play an important role in creating safe places to learn and keeping our students in class.