Covid-19 Case General Letter April 21 2021
Public Health has confirmed that a person connected to Shannon Park Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19.
In consultation with Public Health, our school will be closed to students until at least Tuesday, April 27. This will allow for a deep cleaning and time for Public Health to engage in contact tracing. Public Health 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 Shannon Park be tested for COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms. More details are contained in the attached general notification letter from Public Health.
As we did in November, our staff will support students to continue their learning while at home. We will provide an update to families on Monday regarding school reopening.
Also attached is 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 is in need of food 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.
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.
You can book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Rapid testing is available without appointment at pop-up sites for people who are 16 or older and have no symptoms.
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.