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Letter to Harold Brathwaite SS families re: confirmed case of COVID-19

Letter to Harold Brathwaite SS families re: confirmed case of COVID-19

​​​​Click on Full Story to read a letter that was sent to Harold Brathwaite SS​ families on Nov. 1,​​ 2​020​​​.​​​​

Nov. 1, 2020

Dear Harold Brathwaite Secondary School staff and families,

I'm writing to inform you that Peel Public Health is currently investigating a COVID-19 exposure at our school. Someone who was recently on one of our buses has tested positive for COVID-19.

Peel Public Health is investigating and will contact anyone determined to be a close contact.

I know this is hard to hear. Like you, I had hoped this would never happen in our school community.

Only students and staff who are symptomatic or advised by Peel Public Health need to get tested.

Our buses are currently safe and will remain running for students. Enhanced cleaning of every bus is done twice each day. Our building is also currently safe and will remain open for students and staff. The school undergoes a thorough cleaning and sanitizing daily as part of our enhanced cleaning protocol. 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 identity of the person is 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 web site. Please visit Peel Public Health's web site 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.

Gregory Byrne

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