Black Gold School Division
Thorsby Junior/Senior High School

Weekly Update


THS Community,

Here are a couple of updates for this Monday


School Community – COVID 19 Update – some may have heard that Black Gold had its first confirmed case of COVID-19.  This did occur in the city of Beaumont.  As it does not affect TJSHS that is all in the information that will be shared at this time.

With that being said here are a couple of reminders based on Alberta Health Services recommendations:

If a student has COVID-19 symptoms they are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if they have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.  The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.

If a student has symptoms and has tested negative for COVID-19 and have no known exposure to the virus, they are not legally required to isolate. However, it is important to stay home until their symptoms resolve so that they do not infect others.  This is important as we don’t want to start this process with another student/family in our school community.

If you have been a close contact of a person with COVID-19 you are legally required to isolate for 14 days.  If you become symptomatic during those 14 days you then need to start an isolation for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms or until symptoms resolve, which is longer.

If a student has a pre-existing condition (allergies) TJSHS would request that the student obtain a doctor’s note stating that the student has allergies and have a negative COVID-19 test result.  The allergy symptoms can then be exempted and the school will have documentation in the event another student/parent questions why a symptomatic student is at school.

If a family member has symptoms of COVID-19, other family members can still attend school as long as they themselves are not symptomatic.  If the family member tested positive for COVID-19 then the student would need to isolate as a close contact. 

The following flow chart may assist you in deciding if your child should attend school on a given day.  Flow Chart


School Community – Early Dismissal – Just a reminder that it is early dismissal on Wednesday this week.  This changes our lunchtime and after school release.  Lunch will be from 11:06-11:48.  Dismissal time will be 2:23.


School Community – Fair Notices – This week we are going to see the Black Gold Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and other specialized services start coming into classrooms, so we wanted to share with you the fair notice that these trained professionals may be entering your students classroom.  For more information please read the following link.  Fair Notice Link

Under the same idea TJSHS may also need to activate a Violence and Threat Risk Assessment during the 2020/2021 school year.  The fair notice for this is also available in the following link.  Fair Notice Link.  If you want to know more about the VTRA process in BGSD schools please see the following link.  VTRA Link


School Community – No School – Just a reminder that we will not have school on Monday (Thanksgiving Day) and Tuesday (Professional Development Day) next week.


School Community – Awards Night Postponed – Normally our TJSHS Awards night would be held on Friday this week.  Unfortunately this will be postponed until a later date.  Students that have won/earned awards will be contacted as soon as possible.