Positive cases connected to four schools in Prince Albert

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Over the weekend the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division was notified that a case of COVID-19 had been identified in an individual at four different schools in the division.

The schools are Arthur Pechey, Queen Mary, Carlton and Vincent Massey in Prince Albert.

The source of the transmission is part of Health’s ongoing investigation. 

“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 family.  We also extend our support to the staff and students in our schools affected by the isolation,” the release stated.

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

All students in Vincent Massey Public School will be moving to Level 4 of the Saskatchewan Safe Schools Plan, which means beginning today all students will move to remote learning until after the Christmas break.

When each of the specific classrooms deemed necessary for further isolation are finalized by Health and School Division personnel other classrooms may return to in-person learning. 

Vincent Massey expects to send further information to families by the end of the day on Monday.

In Queen Mary, Arthur Pechey, Carlton, the learning program will continue remotely only for those students and staff affected while in-person learning will continue for the rest of the school. 

As is the circumstance in all reports of COVID-19 in the division due to privacy concerns, further details of the case will not be shared.

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 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.”