Spruce Glen Public School Principal Kelly Pickens has notified the school community in a September 22 letter that the Simcoe Muskoka District Heath Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed that a student or staff member at the school has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Due to privacy laws, the health unit will not release personal or identifying information about any staff or student who is ill unless deemed necessary. If your child has been identified as a close contact, the health unit will follow up with you directly,” states the letter.
Pickens stated that the school is working closely with the SMDHU and the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) to prevent further spread of the virus. All close contacts will be sent home for 14 days following their last close contact with the person infected and advised to get tested, whether they have symptoms or not.
The health unit’s response will be informed by the Ministry of Health’s COVID 19 Guidance: School Outbreak Management.
The letter also states that the school will assist public health with contact tracing and “enhance cleaning and disinfection in all areas in the school where the individuals may have been.”
The letter reminds the school community that its members have an important role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
“This includes wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, completing the daily self-screening and ensuring that your child stay home and get tested if they are experiencing any symptoms. In the event that you are contacted by the health unit, follow the guidance provided.
For more information regarding COVID-19, including information and resources for families, visit the health unit website simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/COVID-19/Return-to-School/Families or contact Health Connection at 705-721-7520 (toll free 1-877-721-7520).”
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