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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 at St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES

September 29, 2020

Dear St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School community,

This letter is to inform you that two students at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19.

The two students – who have a common exposure outside of the school environment – were last in the school on Thursday, September 24, 2020. The positive test results were confirmed by Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS) today.

Students and staff from the two cohorts have been instructed by HPHS to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of last exposure on September 24, effective immediately. St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board are working with Public Health officials to facilitate case and contact tracing. Out of respect for the privacy of the individuals, personal health information and identifiers will not be released.

Hamilton Public Health Services is currently in contact with St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES to identify any individuals who may have come in contact with the students and will follow up with them directly. The school will also be following guidance from HPHS around infection prevention and control. As part of its COVID-19 action plan, the HWCDSB will undertake a deep cleaning and disinfection of all areas at the school occupied by the cases and will ensure all preventive measures are in place. Persons who test positive may not return to school until they are cleared by HPHS.

The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff is always a priority concern for our school and school board, but is especially important during the current pandemic. We will continue to work closely with HPHS to ensure all health and safety measures are in place to prevent transmission to other students and individuals in the school community. Students and staff should continue to attend school, unless directed otherwise by HPHS, and to screen daily for COVID-19 symptoms on the provincial COVID-19 school screening website.

Please follow the directions provided in the COVID-19 school screening. If your child(ren) develops COVID-19 symptoms, they must stay home from school. Please inform the school of any absences and symptoms your child(ren) is/are experiencing.

If you have any questions about COVID-19, please consult the Hamilton Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848 or phscovid19@hamilton.ca.

In closing, we wish to assure you of our ongoing commitment to the health and safety of our students and staff and will keep you updated as more information becomes known.

Sincerely,

Mrs. T. Brown
Principal









Confirmed cases of COVID-19 at St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES