Administrative Procedure 166

Pandemic Response

Background

The Division, in cooperation with the provincial government and Alberta Health Services, supports efforts to minimize a pandemic and its disruption to the operational activities of the Division. Administrators and staff are expected to ensure the most effective and efficient use of resources for the maximum benefit and protection of students, staff and facilities.

Procedures

  1. In the event that Alberta Health Services identifies evidence of a significant viral or bacterial infectious disease such as but not limited to influenza, coronavirus, and or meningitis outbreak in the region, the Superintendent has the authority to make final decisions regarding crisis response, as guided by the Division Crisis/Emergency Plan. When a state of emergency is declared by a Ministry of the Alberta Government, the particular ministry will have such authority.
  2. The Superintendent will communicate a standard set of response protocols for dealing with a pandemic to ensure that members of administration and staff are familiar with roles and processes in the event of an outbreak.
  3. In accordance with directives emanating from federal and provincial authorities and the consequent circumstances that may prevail, the Superintendent may temporarily suspend the Division’s current practices and operating guidelines.

Adopted:

September 21, 2016

Amended:

August 23, 2021, December 30, 2021

Reference:

Section 11, 33, 52, 53, 196, 197, 222 Education Act

Emergency Medical Aid Act

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Health Information Act

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Public Health Act

Communicable Disease Regulation (AR 238/85)

Cross References:

Policy 20 Student Conduct/Welcoming, Catering, Respectful and Safe

AP 132 Emergency Closings

AP 160 Health and Safety of Students and Staff

AP 161 Communicable Diseases

AP 165 Emergency Plans

AP 166 Pandemic Response

AP 175 Protection of Staff

AP 317 Life Threatening Medical Conditions

AP 430 Role of the Principal

AP 448 Fitness for Duty Guidelines