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Letter to Turner Fenton SS families re: outbreak at our school

Letter to Turner Fenton SS families re: outbreak at our school

​Click on Full Story to read a letter that was sent to Turner Fenton SS families on ​Nov. 13,​​ 2​020​​​.​​​​​​

Nov. 13, 2020

Dear Turner Fenton Secondary School staff and families,

As you know, we have continued to communicate with you each time that Peel Public Health has been investigating a COVID-19 case at our school. As a follow up to one of the recent cases, Peel Public Health has determined that one of the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 may have gotten the infection at school.

To further protect students and staff, Peel Public Health has declared an outbreak at our school. I know hearing the word outbreak is likely unsettling. An outbreak means that someone may have gotten the virus from someone else at school, rather than in the community. It also means that anyone from our school tested for COVID-19 will get their results back sooner. Please find attached a letter from Peel Public Health.

All individuals identified at risk have already been contacted and given direction by Peel Public Health. If you have not been contacted by Peel Public Health, this means you are not at an increased risk because of this situation and your school routine does not need to change. Only students and staff who are symptomatic or advised by Peel Public Health need to get tested.

It’s important to know that 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. 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 spread.

The identities of impacted individuals are 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.

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.

John Staba 
Principal

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