This information was sent by email to parents on September 25, 2020
UPDATE of Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Essex & At-A-Glance Resources from TPH
Please see the attached letter from Toronto Public Health as a follow-up to the email that was sent yesterday.
This letter was received a short time ago and is to notify you that the positive COVID-19 case communicated yesterday [Sept 23] was NOT a staff member in your child’s class. For privacy reasons, we were not provided with any more information to share but we wanted to ensure you received this information as soon as possible. As you know we are working closely with Toronto Public Health (TPH) with regards to this case. TPH will continue to provide advice and communication to the school community as necessary.
As per our procedures, staff and students are required to wear masks while at school and practice physical distancing, as well a proper hand hygiene (hand washing, sanitizer, etc.). As a precaution, an enhanced cleaning was conducted in the impacted areas. At this time, TPH has not advised of any additional precautions that need to be taken at the school.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
J. Harry Quon, Principal Rachel Berger, Vice-Principal
Hello Parents and Guardians,
We’d like to share two Toronto Public Health resources with you, which are attached: Covid-19 TDSB Student Health Pass and Covid-19 School Decision Guide flow chart.
We hope this provides some clarity. We acknowledge that information is continually evolving and we will continue to provide updates.
J. Harry Quon, Principal R. Berger, Vice-Principal
(This page is a work in progress and the content below is pasted from the Ontario Government Operational guidance: COVID-19 management in schools page. )
Parents, students and staff have an understandable interest in knowing when a COVID-19 positive case has been identified in their school.
All school boards will be asked to create a COVID-19 advisory section on their website. Where schools have websites, they will also be asked to create a COVID-19 advisory section.
School boards and schools will be asked to post information if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 that involves a student or a staff member in a school setting.
Students or staff members may withdraw from school if a family or household member has a confirmed case of COVID-19 but information will not be posted in these instances.
In the interests of privacy, information provided to school communities will not identify the student or staff member that has received a positive COVID-19 test.
If public health advises that a class, cohort or a school should be closed for a period of time, parents, students and staff will be notified immediately.
Notice of any closures of classes, cohorts or schools will be posted on school and school board COVID-19 advisory sections.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 (PDF) include:
- Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or greater)
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
Other symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- New olfactory or taste disorder(s)
- Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
- Runny nose, or nasal congestion (in absence of underlying reasons for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies, post nasal drip, etc.)
You must screen your child for symptoms every day before they come to school. You can use the Ministry of Health’s Ministry of Health’s Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment tool for this purpose. If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they are ill, they should not attend school. Contact Tracey to report your child’s absence from school. Students who become ill during the day will be isolated and must be picked up from school as soon as possible. Symptomatic students will not be able to use student transportation.
Please consult the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 reference document for symptoms (PDF) for other clinical features of COVID-19 and when atypical signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should be considered, particularly in children.
If you’re worried your child or any member of your household has been exposed to COVID-19 or has symptoms, you use Ministry of Health’s Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment tool. You will get a recommendation on what to do next.
We are working with our local Public Health Unit to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school and will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our school, multiple measures have been implemented, for example, enhanced cleaning and reducing the number of contacts among individuals in the school, including students, staff, and others.
The Ontario Ministry of Health advises everyone to take an active role in protecting themselves from COVID-19. Here are a few things that you and your family can do:
- wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- stay home and isolate if you or anyone in your household is sick
For more information on COVID-19 please visit Ontario.ca/coronavirus.
If you have any questions about what our school is doing, please contact us directly.