Dear ASD-S Families,
With the increase of new COVID-19
cases confirmed around our province and the closure of a high school north of
the province due to a confirmed case, we understand families may have questions
and increased concerns.
Currently we do not
have any students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 in ASD-S. However,
we recognize that this can change any day and we are prepared if someone were
to test positive in one or more of our schools. We want families to know what
they should expect if a positive case of COVID-19 were confirmed in their
- IF a member of school staff or a student were to test positive for COVID-19, they
would be required to self-isolate. Public Health would then notify the District.
We would inform parents/guardians of students at that school, as well as our
staff, that there is a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in their
school community. The identity of a confirmed case would not be shared for
- Public Health would work with the person who
tested positive and their family, with assistance from the school and the
District, to perform contact tracing to identify anyone who would be considered
a “close contact” of that person. Individuals must meet certain criteria to be
considered a “close contact”; every student at school would not automatically
be considered at risk of exposure to the virus.
- IF your
child(ren) were determined to be a close contact of the person who tested positive,
you would be informed right away by Public Health and provided further
information on self-isolation and testing.
- Contact tracing information will help Public
Health to determine the next steps. They may require self-isolation of an
individual or several individuals, a classroom or multiple classrooms, or a
whole school population. If your child is required to self-isolate, you will
Some families may be
experiencing concern and anxiety at this time. Families are encouraged to talk
to their children about any worries and remind them to treat one another with
kindness and respect.
As always, we must
continue good hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette; remaining home and
calling 811 if we are feeling ill; and practicing physical distancing and mask
use when we are outside of our bubbles. Please note, although this week there
is a new provincial mask requirement for public spaces, the mask requirements
in schools have not changed.
We thank you for
your continued support and hope you enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving