Cases of COVID-19 connected to three schools in Prince Albert

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On Saturday the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division notified the public that a case of COVID-19 had been identified in an individual at three schools in Prince Albert.

The schools were Vincent Massey Public School, Princess Margaret Public School and Ecole Vickers Public School.

“The division is hoping the recovery is quick and thorough and we extend our get-well wishes to these members of our school community and offer our support to the surrounding families.  We also extend our support to the staff and students in our schools who are affected by the isolation,” the release stated.

As has been the case in the past, these cases were not school-acquired, but rather spread from the community and detected in individuals associated with the school.

The division was informed on Saturday of the positive COVID-19 test results and communication is being shared with the classrooms/cohorts, the connected staff, as well as with the school community.

The learning program will continue remotely for those students affected. 

All three schools will remain open for in-person classes for students who are not required to self-isolate. The division, in this case, did not announce the length of the isolation.

As is the circumstance in all cases in the division due to privacy concerns, further details of the case will not be shared.

The school’s COVID Response Plan contains many important measures, processes and protocols that add layers of protection for students and staff.

School personnel will continue to be informed and guided by SHA as they manage this case.

Staffs at schools in the division remain vigilant in ensuring proper safety measures are in place and personnel from the SHA continue to guide and inform school administration and staff.

The division explained that although there has been no evidence that transmission has occurred within any Sask. Rivers schools and we all share responsibility to minimize the risk of COVID transmission. 

“The division deeply appreciates the support that students, parents and community members have demonstrated, especially as the number of cases in our region climbs.”

The SHA’s local public health team continues to provide expert advice and strong support for our dedicated staff as we manage the pandemic in our communities.

“The division is thankful to have such a cohesive team of administration and staff supported by our partners in Health.”