Covid-19 School Information
Current Process for Notifying Families of Potential School Exposures to COVID-19
The approach to handling a positive COVID exposure in schools has changed with vaccination access possible for staff and students (12 years+), the heightened restrictions and increasing number of cases in the province. When a positive case with potential school exposures is identified, Saskatchewan Health Authority notifies school administration and directs the school to provide notification to all close contacts. Saskatchewan Health Authority e-mails a letter outlining the health order and asks schools to provide this letter to close contacts at our earliest convenience. E-mail is an identified means of communication. At this time the following details are outlined in a health order:
- any students not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for 14 days from last exposure. The exposure date(s) and the end of the self-isolation period is noted.
- Students without symptoms that have not been fully vaccinated may leave isolation only for the purpose of attending in-class learning, but must isolate from all extra-curricular activities and outings.
- Fully vaccinated students without symptoms may continue to participate in extracurricular activities and outings. Public Health will not be providing schools with the vaccination status of students. As such students, may be required to provide the school with proof of vaccination in order to participate.
- All students must monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the last exposure. Students who are not fully vaccinated or who develop symptoms should get tested. Students without symptoms can continue to attend school while waiting for the results.
- The letter serves as official notification of the health order. Families will not be contacted directly by Public Health.
We appreciate families continuing to monitor daily for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Students showing symptoms or feeling ill should stay home from school. Should you have questions regarding the school's process, please contact RCS administration. Any questions regarding COVID-19 should be directed to Saskatchewan Health Authority. Please visit the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health website at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19. If you are seeking advice due to symptoms, please call the Health Line at 811 for assistance.
Student Illness Daily Self-Assessment
Before school, check for any sign of symptoms or illness. If any symptoms of illness are present, the student is to remain home. Parents are encouraged to call 811 and use the SHA online self-assessment tool to determine if their child should be tested. Students are not to return to school until they are asymptomatic for 48 hours. Please contact the school using the school attendance line if the student will be away. Should a student return to school within 48 hours and is still exhibiting symptoms of illness, parents will be called to pick up their child.
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