Information for Parents/Guardians
A case of COVID-19 has been identified at St. Brigid. The school board is working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Children/Students, staff and the community.
What does this mean for Children/Students?
- The school has dismissed the entire cohort(s) who had exposure to the COVID Case regardless of the vaccination status.
- Public Health will work with the school to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.
- Children/Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case have been sent a letter through school messenger with specific information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.
- High risk contacts will be followed up via text and phone, to provide specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and self-monitor, as well as provide testing information and return to school guidance.
- Children/Students who are low risk contacts (have NOT been identified as high risk contacts) of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate and should self-monitor for symptoms
- If additional cohorts must self-isolate or the school must close, you will be notified by the school. The school will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school.
- Schools: The term cohort includes children/students and staff in the same class, children/students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.
- Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.
What is COVID-19?
· COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans
- COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, and loss of taste/smell. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
- People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 10 days after the start of symptoms
What is a Variant of Concern (VOC)?
- Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. For COVID-19, variants of concern (VOC) are those that may spread more easily, cause more severe illness or the vaccine may not be as effective against.
- In response to the evolving situation related to VOCs, Region of Waterloo Public Health has initiated enhanced Contact Management for all COVID-19 cases in an effort to prevent the spread. This means that we use a lower risk threshold to identify contacts and initiate contact tracing early while test results may be pending.
Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19.