The new policy at AST is to wear masks at all times except while eating. This includes walking around on campus, in classrooms, during recess, and during PE class.
While being physically active during PE and at recess, students may start to experience discomfort and/or difficulty breathing. Students have been encouraged to recognize this, to move at a more appropriate pace while being active, and to step aside, at least 2 meters away from all of their peers, to take off their mask and have a “breather.” Recognizing this, the unit choice/curriculum in PE has been adjusted for the end of the year to offer students opportunities to be active in a COVID-19 appropriate manner. Further, Middle School classes have been split to reduce student numbers in the class in the same area. As well, more outdoor activities and “spaced out activities” have been planned where we hope that students will be able to participate without a mask while being appropriately socially distanced.
Please reinforce with your child that masks need to be kept on to ensure the community's safety and when it is an appropriate time to remove their mask.
Yuri Melnychuk and Yasmin Pakzad-Mayer, AST PE Teachers