Nov. 12, 2020
Dear Rick Hansen 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. I know this is hard to hear.
Someone who was recently at our school has tested positive for COVID-19. Peel Public Health will contact anyone determined to be a close contact. At this time, Peel Public Health has not directed any classroom closures as a result of this case.
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 is 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, 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 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.
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.