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Some mask-wearing protocols still in place in Lethbridge Public Schools for fall

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Things will look as close to normal as possible when kids head back to school in two weeks, however they shouldn’t put those masks away just yet.

The Lethbridge School Division has released its re-entry plans for the fall, given the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

The public district says both high schools and middle schools will be operating regular class schedules. Elementary schools will look a bit different in that regard given kids under the age of 12 are not eligible for COVID vaccinations as of yet.

As for mask-wearing it will be encouraged, but not required for students in public high schools to start the year.

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When it comes to elementary and middle schools though, wearing a mask will be required when students enter school, leave school, and in common gathering spaces.

No students will have to wear a mask once inside their classrooms. Face coverings will be required for everyone on school buses however, which is per current provincial health guidelines.

Any visitors to schools this coming year must wear a mask in all school spaces and staff, including teachers at all grade levels will wear face coverings at times too, “In support of the Division’s perspective that masks are a mitigation strategy, all staff will be role models and wear masks entering and exiting the building and in common gathering spaces in schools and other Division buildings (e.g. hallways, washrooms, cafeteria),” says the re-entry plan document.

Extra-curricular and co-curricular activities will take place, but there will be some restrictions at the elementary level.

You can read the entire re-entry plan here: 2021/2022 Re-Entry Plan

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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