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Letter to Rick Hansen SS families re: confirmed case of COVID-19

Letter to Rick Hansen SS families re: confirmed case of COVID-19
Click on Full Story to read a letter that was sent to Rick Hansen SS ​families on ​Oct. ​9, 2​020​​​​.​​​

Oct. 9, 2020

Dear Rick Hansen​​ 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 at our school has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was not in our school building during the regular school day. At this time, Peel Public Health has not directed any classroom closures or additional safety measures as a result of this case. 

Peel Public Health will contact anyone determined to be a close contact. Staff and students who have not been contacted by Peel Public Health should continue to attend school as usual, unless directed otherwise. Only students and staff who are symptomatic or advised by Peel Public Health need to get tested.

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.

Omari Rhoden​


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