April 27, 2021
Good Afternoon Families:
Public Health has confirmed that a person connected to SAERC has tested positive for COVID-19.
When a COVID-19 case is identified in a school, the Strait Regional Centre for Education takes direction from Public Health. Their team is now working to identify any students and staff who may have been in close contact with the confirmed case.
If your child is identified as a close contact, Public Health will communicate with you directly. If Public Health does not contact you, it is because your child is not considered a close contact.
However, out of an abundance of caution, Public Health is recommending that all students and staff at SAERC be tested for COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms. More details are contained in the general notification letter from Public Health.
In consultation with Public Health, our building will be closed to students. This will allow for a deep cleaning and time for Public Health to engage in contact tracing.
While the school is closed, our staff will support students to continue their learning. The SRCE will provide an update to families regarding school reopening.
You may also access a Nova Scotia Health Authority chart that illustrates how Public Health officials respond to reported cases of COVID-19 in a school community. It shows some of the very specific steps that Public Health follows, including the communication components.
If your family has emergency food needs as a result of this closure, you can call 211 and let them know you are part of our school community. A navigator will be able to help by arranging for a food box to be delivered to your home free of charge by Feed Nova Scotia.
We understand you may feel anxious over the coming days. It is natural to want to know if your child may have been exposed to the virus. Public Health officials will inform those who are at risk of the next steps, but to protect the privacy of students and staff, other details including names, will not be released.
Children look to the adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events. I encouraged you to speak with your children about any anxieties and remind them that school is a safe place to be.
Please continue to monitor your child(ren) daily for signs or symptoms of COVID-19, using Nova Scotia’s daily checklist at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/Daily-COVID-checklist-en.pdf.
If your child(ren) has or develops signs or symptoms as described on the checklist, complete the COVID-19 self-assessment online at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en or call 811 if you are unable to access the online tool.
Everyone should get tested regularly for COVID-19. Even if you have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, you should get tested.
Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing. Please do not call 811 for general information about testing. Only call 811 if you can’t book a test online.
I would also encourage you to visit https://www.ednet.ns.ca/backtoschool/ where you can find information and resources for you and your family.
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.