Holy Cross Secondary School has confirmed that a new case of COVID-19 is associated with the high school, but officials say that there is no risk to the school community as a result of the case.
Neither the school nor KFL&A Public Health has disclosed whether the case, which is the second COVID-19 case associated with the school, involves a student or a staff member.
“We recognize that receiving this information may be stressful and we want to ensure you understand the process going forward. KFL&A Public Health and the school are taking all necessary steps to prevent further spread of the virus both in the school and the community,” said a letter to parents and guardians of students at the school on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020.
The joint letter from KFL&A Public Health and school principal Michael Faught said that the person has been self-isolating at home and that, according to Public Health, there is no risk to the school from this case.
The letter urges school community members to continue to monitor and screen students daily for symptoms of COVID-19, since most cases of COVID-19 are acquired in the home setting. The letter further stipulates that it is not necessary to have students tested at this time if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If a student does show symptoms of COVID-19, they should immediately isolate from others and go to an assessment centre for testing.
“If you are contacted by KFL&A Public Health, follow the guidance provided. If you do not receive a call from the school or KFL&A Public Health, your student can continue going to school,” the letter continued.
“The precautions taken in the school setting, including cleaning and disinfecting the school environment, physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and good hand hygiene are meant to decrease the risk of spread to students and staff.”
With nine new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and 16 recovered cases, KFL&A now has 93 active cases.