Exposure Notifications During the Break

Northern Health has let us know how school exposure notices will be shared during the upcoming break. Please see their message below.


School notification process during the winter break:

During the winter break (Dec.19, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021), NH will shift to online notification of Covid-19 school exposures by posting on the NH Public Exposures and Outbreaks website (https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/public-exposures-and-outbreaks), rather than notifying school administrators and sending exposure letters.

• When a school exposure is posted on the website, school staff and students must self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 14 days from the last date of exposure.

• If anyone develops Covid-19-like symptoms, they should call their Primary Care Provider or the Northern Health Virtual Clinic at 1 844 645-7811 for evaluation and testing.

• PH will continue to follow up with Covid-19 cases and close contacts in the school setting and notify any close contacts that need to self-isolate.

• It is imperative that everyone follow the provincial public health orders that are in place and avoid gatherings over the winter break.

Covid-19 school exposures continue to be low risk. Despite the number of exposures that have occurred, very few instances of transmission have been linked to the school setting. Existing health and safety measures are working well to decrease or stop any transmission in schools and should continue to be promoted and enforced. Staff and students should continue to use the daily health check form, stay home if they are sick. and arrange for testing if they develop Covid-19-like symptoms by calling their Primary Care Provider or the Northern Health Virtual Clinic at 1 844 645-7811.

Over the break SD60 will monitor the Public Exposures and Outbreaks site linked above and share info via our twitter account https://twitter.com/sd60

Our last day of school is today, Friday, December 18, 2020. We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday, January 4, 2021.