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Letter to Judith Nyman SS families re: confirmed case of COVID-19

Letter to Judith Nyman SS families re: confirmed case of COVID-19

​Click on Full Story t​​o read a letter​ that was sent to Judith Nyman SS​​ families on ​Apr. 7, 2​021​​​.​​​​​​​

Dear Judith Nyman 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. However, Peel Public Health has informed us that this individual was not at school during their
period of communicability (the time period when an infected person can spread their infection to
others). This means there was no additional risk of exposure to any staff or students.

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.

Our building is currently closed to students as per Peel Public Health orders until April 19th, 2021. Our
school undergoes a thorough cleaning and sanitizing daily as part of our enhanced cleaning protocol,
and 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 transmission.

The identity of the person is protected under privacy legislation and cannot be shared. I know this may
be unsettling, 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. Please visit Peel Public Health’s website for
information on how they are working to help keep our staff and children safe. We encourage you to
follow the Core Four Actions and to stay home when not feeling well.

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.

Dion Neil

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