Dear Staff and Families,
This letter is to inform you that we have had our 2nd confirmed case of COVID at the school, this time with one of our CEAs who works in our Gr.3/4/5 class. We wish our staff member a speedy and safe recovery and want her to know our thoughts are with her and her family. As with my case, she will be self-isolating and working with Interior Health with contact tracing to make sure that those who may have been exposed are contacted.
Only the health authority can determine who is a close contact. If you are contacted by Interior Health Authority, please follow their advice. If you are not contacted by Interior Health Authority, it has been determined that you (if you are a staff member) or your child (if you are a parent/guardian) is not at risk of developing COVID-19.
As always, the safety and well-being of our students, families and staff remains our highest priority. Now that we have had two positive COVID cases, we are strongly considering the possibility of moving all students to online learning for the next week or so to assure the health and safety of our community. Superintendent Peter Jory, the Ministry and I will be discussing this option tomorrow and will let you know by the end of the day (Friday) if that is the plan moving forward.
Please make arrangements for child care next week just in case we proceed with this option.
The school will be remain open tomorrow (Friday Jan 15); however, if keeping your child home is an option you may certainly choose to do that. If students are at school, they will be outside a lot and physical distancing will be maintained.
I know that all of this is extremely difficult for everyone and was not what we wanted to happen. But I want to let people know that I have seen this school community’s true colours come to light with your outpouring of love and concern for me and my family, and for those staff members who continue to work hard at this time. Please know it’s not easy for them.
If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please call 811.
I truly appreciate you all.
Principal – South Canoe Outdoor Learning School