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Important: COVID Alert for Spitzee School

May 8, 2021

To our Spitzee School Community,

A case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual who was within Spitzee School.  As always, our thoughts remain with this individual and their family.  We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.

Out of respect to privacy and in accordance with AHS guidelines, we cannot disclose personal health information of any individual.  However, we are able to share that we learned of this positive COVID-19 case on May 8, 2021.  We understand that the individual was last in the school on Thursday May 6, 2021.

Please note the current transition to online learning remains in place.  The province has indicated a return to in-person learning will occur on Tuesday May 25, 2021.

Public Health, supported by Foothills School Division, has informed all individuals identified as being a close contact with this case.  The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is paramount.  We know this news can be distressing and support is available, you are encouraged to visit our Parent Learning Link, Student Learning Link, or review the resources available to support your family from the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network.  

We remind families to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist.  If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811.

In the past, we would notify a school community when a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) was identified within a school.  With the rise of the B.1.1.7 (UK) VOC across the province, Alberta Health Services has informed us that this notification will no longer be provided.  All other variants will continue to be shared.

Please rest assured that we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services and the Medical Officer of Health in the Calgary Zone to ensure that we follow their ongoing recommendations.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal or myself with any questions you may have.  Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Chris Fuzessy, Superintendent of Schools
Brooke MacNeill, Spitzee School Principal

 

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April 18, 2021

To our Spitzee School Team and Community,

A case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual who was within Spitzee School.  As always, our thoughts remain with this individual and their family, we wish them a safe and speedy recovery.

Out of respect to privacy and in accordance with AHS guidelines, we cannot disclose personal health information of any individual.  However, we are able to share that we learned of this positive COVID-19 case this morning, April 18, 2021.  We understand that the individual was last in the school on Tuesday April 13, 2021.

In past cases, we would notify a school community when a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) was identified within a school.  With the rise of the B.1.1.7 (UK) VOC across the province, Alberta Health Services has informed us that this notification will no longer be provided.  All other variants will continue to be shared.

We remind everyone to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist.  If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms of illness listed, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811.

Public Health, supported by Foothills School Division, continues to investigate and inform individuals who have been identified as being a close contact with this case.  Public Health will follow up with affected individuals directly by email with mandatory self-isolation orders.  Please review the information provided in the notice of COVID-19 to Staff, Students and Visitors in a School Setting.

Our school remains open to in-person learning, and we are working closely with Alberta Health Services to ensure necessary measures are in place to protect all students and staff.  We continue our focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and have directed our custodial services team to conduct enhanced cleaning protocols of the school.  This additional cleaning will focus on areas where the individual was present along with our continuous attention to high touch areas and surfaces throughout the facility.

Resources are available to support your family from the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network.  The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is paramount. We know this news can be distressing and support is available, you are encouraged to visit our Parent Learning Link and Student Learning Link.

Please rest assured that we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services and the Medical Officers of Health in the Calgary Zone to ensure that we follow their ongoing recommendations.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal or myself with any questions you may have.  Thank you for your continued support.  

Sincerely,

Chris Fuzessy, Superintendent of Schools
Brooke MacNeill, Principal Spitzee School