We have recently been made aware of concerns in our school community regarding the presence of COVID-19. At this time we have not been notified by Northern Health regarding any student or staff being confirmed to have COVID-19. If a member of the school community were to test positive for COVID-19, Northern Health would follow up directly with any individuals who may have been exposed. Please continue to be vigilant about washing your hands, wearing masks and practicing physical distancing.
Some helpful information from the BCCDC and Northern Health Websites
COVID-19 school notification process:
If a student or teacher receives a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, Public Health follows a rigorous protocol:
- Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with.
- We identify and notify close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advise them to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
- Only Public Health can determine who is a close contact. Learning groups, friends or other connections may not be determined to be a close contact.
- Public Health staff works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community.