Dear David Suzuki SS staff and families,
I'm writing to inform you that Peel Public Health is currently investigating four COVID-19 exposures at our school. I know this is hard to hear.
Four individuals who were recently at school have tested positive for COVID-19. Peel Public Health is investigating and has confirmed that three of the cases were contracted in the community, not in our school. Peel Public Health is continuing their investigation on the fourth case.
As a precaution, Peel Public Health has directed individuals from four of our classrooms to
self-isolate at home. These classrooms will be closed until the individuals have completed their self-isolation period. Impacted staff and students have already been contacted with further direction and will be taught remotely until the end of their self-isolation period.
Staff and students who have not been contacted by Peel Public Health should continue to attend school as usual. You do not need to get tested unless you are symptomatic or asked to do so by Peel Public Health.
The school undergoes a thorough cleaning and sanitizing daily as part of our enhanced cleaning protocol, and an additional cleaning has taken place. In addition, our physical distancing and mask rules are 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 transmission.
The identities of the 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.
I know that news of COVID-19 can create feelings of anxiousness, so I wanted to make sure you had this information as soon as possible to help ease concerns.
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.