COVID - Low Risk/High Risk Model (September 2021)

SPJH Return to In-Class Learning

COVID - Low Risk/High Risk Model


On August 12, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Public Health officials and the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) announced that K-L4 school instruction will be following a “low risk/high risk” model as a back to school plan for the 2021-2022 this year.

  • This model sees relaxed measures in low-risk areas, however, in the event that public health increases the risk level at a school or in a group of schools, many of the measures we saw last year masking, busing, extracurricular activities, social distancing and in-person versus online learning could temporarily resume in these schools until the risk level returns to low.

      • A fact sheet that lays out what each model looks like can be found HERE.

      • The full "Return to School Plan", including the public health advice it is based on, can be found HERE.

      • Mask-use in schools is reintroduced: In accordance with Public Health recommendations announced Friday, September 17, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is amending its current masking protocols in schools throughout the province. Please see the memo HERE for more details.


While the school districts, the Provincial Government and Public Health will focus on administering the plan and responding as issues arise, you too can play a role in maintaining a school year that is as close to normal as possible. Steps you can take include:


  • Get vaccinated: Vaccination remains the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in schools and communities. Everyone who is eligible and able is encouraged to get two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Keep doing the daily health check: Families should use the screening questionnaire for schools and to stay home when sick or showing symptoms. The screening questionnaire can be found HERE.

  • Determine if you need testing: In instances where students stay home, the online COVID-19 Assessment Tool should be used to determine if testing is required. It can be found HERE.