Two local schools have had a staff member tested for COVID-19 after those individuals began to show symptoms.
In two separate letters from the Director of Education for the Prairie South School Division Tony Baldwin, he stated that both Ecole Palliser heights and Sunningdale School are still waiting for the results of said testing and as a result, will be implementing a couple of extra safety measures.
Here is a transcript of the letter sent to Ecole Palliser Heights. The very same letter was sent to Sunningdale about a staff member there.
"I am writing this letter to inform you that a staff member at Ecole Palliser Heights School has been tested for COVID-19 today. The test results are unknown at this time. We are hopeful that we will have additional information by Monday. Our staff member is doing well and is self-isolating until the test results are known.
Prairie South has been working with the Ministry of Education and the Saskatchewan Health Authority to develop a plan to respond to the COVID-19 virus. Although the test results for our staff member is unknown, on the recommendation of Public Health we are implementing two parts of our response plan.
Firstly, we are increasing the disinfection of high touch areas, with additional focus on common areas of the school. Secondly, individuals who have been in close proximity with the person who has been tested have been contacted and are self-monitoring to ensure they continue to be symptom-free.
Late this afternoon, the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan confirmed that school should continue as regularly scheduled, and there is no need for additional measures at this time. In the event that the situation changes and additional measures are necessary, we will let you know by phone or email.
If you have any questions about COVID-19, there are great resources at www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus"