Cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Vanier Collegiate and A.E. Peacock Collegiate.
The schools sent out letters to parents during the Nov. 21-22 weekend informing them that an individual in each building had contracted the virus. As per usual, the letters did not identify whether the person was a student or school employee, or the person’s sex or age.
The letters that schools have been sending out about confirmed COVID-19 cases are form letters, which state the same information each time someone in the building tests positive. For example, the letters say the school is working closely with public health officials to ensure the proper measures are in place to protect students.
Furthermore, those health officials will contact parents or guardians and any staff, visitors or volunteers who may have been in close contact with the confirmed case and provide further direction. The letters inform parents that if they don’t hear from public health staff, their child was likely not exposed due to the protective measures in place.
However, if students have symptoms of COVID-19, parents should call the HealthLine at 811 and keep their kids at home. If medical attention is required, caregivers should contact their health-care provider for further guidance, or in an emergency, call 911.
The confirmed cases Vanier and Peacock appear to be the first for these schools. The only other confirmed case in Holy Trinity Catholic School Division has been at Sacred Heart, while several of the confirmed cases in Prairie South School Division have occurred at Central Collegiate and Prince Arthur School, along with Westmount School.
The provincial government keeps a weekly running tally of which schools have confirmed cases of COVID-19. For more information, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.