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Letter to Garthwood PS families re: outbreak at our school

Letter to Garthwood PS families re: outbreak at our school

​​​​Click on Full Story to read a letter that was sent to Garthwood PS​ families on ​Nov. 26,​​ 2​020​​​.​​​​​​​

​Dear Garthwood Park Public School staff and families: 

As you know, three cases of COVID-19 have recently been identified at our school. Today, Peel Public Health
informed us one of these individuals may have gotten the infection at school. Thankfully, risk for the rest of
our school because of this situation remains low. Please see the attached letter from Peel Public Health.

To further protect students and staff, Peel Public Health has declared an outbreak at our school. I know hearing
the word outbreak is likely unsettling. An outbreak means that someone may have gotten the virus from
someone else at school, rather than in the community. It also means that anyone from our school tested for
COVID-19 will get their results back sooner.

All people identified at risk have already been contacted and given direction to prevent spread. Individuals from
two of our classrooms will continue to self-isolate at home until the end of the directed self-isolation period. If
you have not been contacted by Peel Public Health, this means you are not at an increased risk because of this
situation and your school routine does not need to change. Only students and staff who are symptomatic or
advised by Peel Public Health need to get tested.

Our building will remain open for students and staff. The school undergoes a thorough cleaning and sanitizing
daily as part of our enhanced cleaning protocol, and an additional cleaning has taken place. Our physical
distancing and mask rules are also designed to help prevent spread and lower risk. Peel Public Health will let us
know if any other measures need to be taken to reduce the risk of spread.

The identities of impacted individuals are protected under privacy legislation and cannot be shared. I know this
may frustrate you, but you would want this privacy if it was someone in your family. Everyone deserves the
same protection.

Keeping you informed is part of our commitment to you. You can find information about that commitment on
the Peel board website​. Please visit Peel Public Health’s website​ for information on how they are working with
the Peel board to help keep staff and students safe at school.

Now more than ever, we must take care of ourselves and each other. We can do this by following the advice of
public health agencies and government officials. Please review their advice on how you can protect yourself and
others from COVID-19.

Carolyn Sossi-Grant
Principal

 
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