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Letter to Heart Lake SS families re: confirmed case of COVID-19

Letter to Heart Lake SS families re: confirmed case of COVID-19

​Click on Full Story t​​o read a letter​ that was sent to Heart Lake SS​​ families on ​Mar. 29, 2​021​​​.​​​​​​​

Dear Heart Lake 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 connected with our school has tested positive for COVID-19.

As a precaution, Peel Public Health has directed individuals from one bus route to self-isolate at home. The bus will
not run until the individuals have completed their self-isolation period. Impacted 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.

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. Enhanced cleaning of every
bus is also done twice each day. 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 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.

As variants of concern (VOC) are here in Peel, we are taking the necessary steps to investigate and limit spread.
Now that VOCs are common in Peel, it is likely that this person with COVID-19 may have a variant strain, however,
confirmation takes more time.

It is important to remember these variants are not a new disease and we continue to encourage everyone to
follow public health guidelines and continue to physically distance, mask, stay home and get tested if symptomatic.

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.

Take care,
Alvin Au, Principal

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