I would like to share another update of the COVID-19 positive cases within our school and community. We continue to be aware of the positive cases connected to our school, and as such, we are working with Interior Health (IH) and the COVID-19 Rapid Response Team.
Today we had the IH Health and Safety consultant do a visual review of our school and our procedures and practices. He is writing a report of the findings and some recommendations and will be communicating those to us as soon as possible. It is worth noting that the consultant was impressed and reassured by what he saw today, and has a critical eye and therefore will be giving us valuable feedback. Once we have recommendations that could make our school even safer, rest assured we will follow them precisely.
There have been questions posed about the timeline where Interior Health and the COVID Schools Safety Team would determine the need for more classes, or even a whole school to self-isolate for a period of time. As you know, contract tracing occurs after every positive case, and the decision of who is directed to self-isolate comes from that team. It isn’t just about numbers of cases, but about the context under which those cases exist. Interior Health has provided the recommendation for two classrooms (Div 1 and Div 8) to self-isolate until Oct 12, when they can return to school, as long as the adults and children are asymptomatic.
Today they added the recommendation for our Div 10 class to self monitor until Oct 15. At this time, Interior Health is not seeing any between-classroom transmission. Recommendations have been provided to individual cases, contacts, and classrooms. Interior Health has told us that people at school who are not close contacts are not at increased risk, so don’t need to take any additional actions beyond continuing to follow general public health recommendations. Interior Health continues to monitor our school activity and will provide further recommendations should things change.
If there is an exposure at school, Interior Health will directly notify confirmed close contacts of the positive case with further instructions, including if they should self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms of illness. If you are contacted by Interior Health, or receive a self-isolation/self-monitor letter, it is imperative that you follow their direction carefully. The most important thing for students and families to remember is that students who have any symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and get tested.
We are taking the responsibility of the health and safety of our students, families, staff, and community very seriously, and will continue to strive to improve each day.
With Kindest Regards,
Jodi Garries, Principal