Safe Return to Class

September 21, 2021 - Training Update

In line with current COVID-19 measures, AWWOA training venues (Chateau Louis - Edmonton, Hotel Blackfoot - Calgary and Radisson Hotel - Red Deer) will be following the Alberta Restriction Exemption Program (REP). In order to enter facilities and attend training, you will be required to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative rapid test result. Mandatory masking is also in effect. Students and instructors are required to wear masks at all times in the classroom.

PROOF OF VACCINATION INFORMATION
To enter the training facility, one of the following must be shown upon arrival with a valid photo ID that matches the vaccine record:

  • Valid paper or digital vaccine record that shows name, vaccine type and date of administration.  Examples of valid records include: Government of Alberta Vaccination Card, My Health Immunization Record, or Immunization Records from provider. For the transition period between September 20 and October 25 – proof of full vaccination OR proof of at least a single dose vaccination that was administered 2 weeks prior.  After October 25 – proof of full vaccination.
  • Documentation of a medical exemption.
  • Proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories are not allowed).

For specific details on proof of vaccination, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx

To print your vaccine card, please visit: https://www.albertavaccinerecord.ca

Each location will verify this information on site. If you are unable to provide one of the above, they will not allow entry and you will not be able to attend the course. For any questions regarding proof of vaccination information, please read additional details on the Alberta Government website (linked above) -OR- reach out directly to the hotel.

In addition, AWWOA will continue with our Safe Return to Class plan that includes a pre-screening questionnaire, masking, reduced classroom sizes and social distancing. For a full review of these precautions, please check out the details below.

We ask that you refrain from attending any in-person training if you:

  • Are feeling sick or unwell,
  • Test positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days leading up to the event or
  • Are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case in the 14 days leading up to the training.

Return to Class

AWWOA has developed a Return to Class plan below.  We are working with our training facilities to implement these items to provide students and instructors the safest environment to return to the classroom.

(All measures below will be implemented in addition to the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program).

Two Doses

-while the COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary in Alberta, we encourage members of the AWWOA community to get their vaccine as soon as they are eligible.  This is the best way to help protect yourself and others. 

-please visit the Government of Alberta’s vaccine page to
                                                            book your shot and for more information about the
                                                            safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.

Pre-Screening Questionnaire

-to reduce the risk of exposure within training facilities and the community, a pre-screening questionnaire will be sent out prior to the first date of training. 

-all students and instructors must complete and clear this before attending class.

Mandatory Masking

-in compliance with the current provincial mandate, all students and instructors will be required to wear a mask at all times for classroom training.  If you are not able to provide your own mask or face covering, AWWOA will continue to provide free disposable masks for each day of training.

Classroom Sizes & Distancing

-classrooms will return with reduced capacities with a maximum of two (2) people per table.  AWWOA will continue to monitor course registrations and class sizes to offer single seating options as much as possible.  All training locations will be set up to provide social distancing.

Cleaning & Sanitization

-classrooms and facilities at our host hotels will continue to follow all cleaning and sanitization protocols.  This includes a focus on washrooms, high-touch surfaces and high-traffic areas.

Personal Hygiene

-practicing good habits - including frequent handwashing, sanitizing and covering your cough and sneeze - is encouraged and always appreciated.  AWWOA will continue to supply students with individual hand sanitizer.

Food and Beverage

-we will continue to work with hotels to ensure food and beverage items are distributed safely.  This may still include indvidually wrapped items, disposable cups, sanitizing stations and modified water service.

Please note that safety protocols remain subject to change according to public health restrictions.

Maintaining the health and safety of operators has been and will continue to be the most important to us as we transition back to the regular classroom.  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation to help keep each other safe and comfortable.

If you are unwell or showing any signs or symptoms, please do NOT attend training sessions.  Registrants can contact the office for rescheduling options.

Hotel Safety Measures

All hotels will be following the safety precaution measures from the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association. They have developed a document, Staying Safe Guide, to help Alberta hotels reopen safely and successfully while COVID-19 poses a significant risk to public health, to understand and comply with current legislation and public health recommendations, and to assure employees and guests that their hotel is a safe place to work and stay.

Last updated: September 21, 2021