COVID-19 Coronavirus FAQs and Helpful Documents
New guidelines are in place to direct how students will learn while in-school classes are cancelled due to the provincial health emergency.Read here
What is COVID-19 coronavirus?
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pneumonia outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic with sustained risk of further global spread.
“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. Novel coronaviruses, like COVID-19, are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans. This means people have no immunity against it and there is no specific vaccine or treatment. If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions.”
What is the risk level in Alberta?
As of March 17, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. Alberta will be declaring a state of emergency under the Public Health Act. Cases have now been identified in all zones across the province.
Alberta’s Provincial Operations Centre has also been elevated from a level 3 to a level 4, the highest level. Effective immediately and until further notice, the Alberta government is implementing additional measures, including cancelling events that have more than 50 people.
How many cases are there in Alberta?
As of March 30, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. there are 661 confirmed cases in Alberta.
How does this impact ASBA members?
Are schools closing? When will we know?
As of March 15, at 5 p.m., “all students from all school authorities will no longer be attending classes in K to 12 schools until further notice. Teachers and other school staff will still be expected to work, either from home or at their workplace, to ensure these expectations are met. Decisions on how to do this are still to be made and may vary depending on the school jurisdiction.
School authorities are expected to continue their regular day-to-day operations and ensure the safety of school facilities. Maintenance, capital projects, cleaning of facilities, and administrative work will continue. Every student will receive a final mark and students will progress to their next grade level next school year.
Provincial assessments, such as provincial achievement tests, will be cancelled. At this time, diploma exams essential for post-secondary acceptance will continue. Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.
All licensed childcare facilities, out-of-school programs and preschool programs in Alberta are closed at this time. Approved day homes are exempt as they care for fewer than 7 children at a time, but should use enhanced sanitation practices.” – Alberta website.
Will my ASEBP coverage be impacted with my travels?
Please check the ASEBP page on COVID-19 for the most current information.
COVID-19 Update – Your Pension Is Secure
With the COVID-19 situation resulting in significant volatility in financial markets, many people are concerned about their financial well being. As a member of the ASBA SiPP, you can be rest assured that your SiPP pension remains secure. The SiPP is a defined benefit (DB) pension plan, which means the pension paid for your lifetime is calculated based on your earnings and eligible service (subject to maximum pension limits). Your SiPP pension is not affected by fluctuations in the financial markets and will provide you with a secure and predictable retirement income for life.
What is ASBA doing to inform members?
ASBA is actively monitoring the situation and is committed to providing timely updates based on changing conditions.
ASBA has created a COVID-19 landing page for daily updates on new developments and event details. We have also been in touch with Alberta Health and Alberta Education staff regarding the situation in Alberta, and have been assured that we will remain in close contact on any updates.
ASBA provincial and local events
Will you be closing the ASBA office?
We value all of our staff and contractors at ASBA, and will continue to be diligent to ensure their safety and health is our priority. We do not anticipate any disruptions to serving our members. ASBA will continue to monitor the situation closely.
Is ASBA still hosting provincial/local events and activities?
Provincial and local ASBA events will be examined on a case-by-case basis, and attendees will be notified if events will be postponed, modified or cancelled. As per the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations, we are postponing registration for all provincial events.
CURRENT EVENT CHANGES
Unchanged until further notice
- November 15 – 17, 2020: FGM 2020
- Until further notice, FGM is still anticipated to go forward at its regular date and time. This may change as developments unfold.
- May 23, 2020: Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards 2020
- We are hoping to host the award ceremony and celebrate students in the fall.
- June 1-2, 2020: Provincial Youth Mental Health Summit 2020
- Consideration is being given to holding the Summit in conjunction with FGM 2020.
If you have already booked your hotel reservations and travel plans for the following events, you will need to cancel these.
- June 1-2, 2020: SGM 2020 (in-person meeting cancelled)
- The in-person SGM 2020 Conference is cancelled; we are working on an alternative delivery method for the Business session including the approval of the draft budget 2020.
- ASBA is also looking into further options to support our members in professional learning through virtual presentations.
- July 2-5, 2020: CSBA Annual Congress and National Trustee Gathering on Indigenous Education 2020
- ASBA’s Task Force and Board of Directors will consider potentially hosting this event in the future.
- Edwin Parr Awards 2020
- The deadline for nominations has been extended until Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
- Zones are encouraged to select recipients, but we recommend cancelling any in-person observations and interviews. ASBA is considering a way to celebrate recipients in the fall.
What can you do to protect yourself?
- Visit the Canada’s Public Health website for details on prevention, how to be prepared, and advice.
- Distribute informational posters around your office and among staff via email. Staying informed is the best form of protection.
- Research the credibility and accuracy of news sources and do your part in preventing the sharing of misinformation. Read information about COVID-19 from reputable resources
Where can you find more information?
- Provincial updates on COVID-19 – here
- Prevent the Spread Poster (Alberta Government) – here
- Alberta Health Services Health Link if you are experiencing symptoms – here
- Alberta Health Services COVID-19 information – here
- Government of Canada travel health notices – here
- World Health Organization – here
- World Health Organization myth buster graphics – here
- Canada’s Public Health website – here
Alberta Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs for COVID-19
Alberta Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs for COVID-19. The guidance provided in this document will support the school system and childcare administrators to reduce opportunities for transmission of COVID-19 in schools and childcare settings.
Prevent the Spread - COVID-19
Download this informational poster for COVID-19 to distribute around your office and among staff.