Important COVID-19 Update for Families
Posted: November 9, 2020
To the Parents and Guardians of Good Shepherd School,
We have been notified that we have 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our school. We immediately started our contact tracing process and have already contacted all staff and families who are close contacts of the positive individuals. Please note that transmission did not occur at school.
One of the confirmed cases has not been in our school for over a week so there was no need for any students to isolate. We notified all families involved and encouraged them to heighten the monitoring of symptoms in their household as a precaution. The second confirmed case was in our school more recently. At first, we notified families that their child did not have to isolate, however after receiving guidance from Alberta Health Services, we re-evaluated the situation and determined that all the close contacts were required to isolate. We have already notified all involved families of their isolation requirements and encouraged them to get their child tested for COVID-19. In order to prevent staff burn out, please note that we are notifying all close contacts by email.
Out of respect for the individuals, and in accordance with Alberta Health Services guidelines, no further information will be shared about these cases.
We remind families to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Screening Questionnaire. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school. If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811.
The health and safety of our staff, students and community remains our first priority. We know this news can be distressing for families and supports are available. Please be assured we will work closely with Alberta Health Services to ensure we follow their ongoing recommendations.
We will continue to provide additional information to parents and guardians as it is available.
Betty Turpin, Superintendent and Victoria Cornick, Principal