Positive COVID-19 Variant Case at Connaught

Positive COVID-19 Variant Case at Ecole Connaught
Posted on 04/03/2021
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Medicine Hat Alberta (April 3, 2021) On Alert: COVID-19 VARIANT cases identified at École Connaught School. 

Alberta Health Services has identified a second case of COVID-19 that is connected to École Connaught School. The school remains On Alert. Because both individuals were associated with the same class, there are no additional close contacts. 

We have learned that both cases have been identified as a VARIANT of the virus. AHS has provided additional direction to those identified as close contacts and individuals that have tested positive. More information on COVID-19 variants can be found at: alberta.ca/covid-19-variants.aspx

As a reminder, if your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 listed on the Alberta Health Daily Checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and keep them home. For more information about positive COVID-19 cases in school please read COVID-19 in Schools (k-12) setting. ALL parents/guardians of students, as well as any staff/visitors/volunteers to École Connaught School are required to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Please remember to complete the Alberta Daily Health Check each day prior to entering a school building.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our priority and we will continue to follow the protocols outlined in our re-entry plan. We work closely with AHS and the Medical Officer of Health in the South Zone to ensure that we follow their ongoing recommendations. We will inform families each time there is a positive case of COVID-19 at our school, thank you for your support.   

31, 2021 - On Alert: Positive case of COVID-19 identified at École Connaught School.


Dear parents and guardians,  


Alberta Health Services has identified a case of COVID-19 at  École Connaught School which places the school On Alert. As a result, AHS has directed some students and staff to quarantine for a specified time period. All close contacts of the positive case have been identified and are already in quarantine. We will support this individual and their family and wish them a safe and speedy recovery. We ask families and students to show compassion and kindness for those that have been impacted by a positive COVID-19 case. As always, we will work collectively to foster a safe, caring and welcoming school environment.  


We know that it may be difficult to hear of a positive COVID case in our school communityTo this point, it is believed that each positive case that has been identified in an MHPSschool, has been contracted outside of the school. We will continue to inform families each time there is a positive case of COVID-19 at our school.  


We are working closely with AHS to ensure necessary measures are in place to keep our entire school community safe. It appears that the exposure was limited to a small group of students and staff and we are confident, based on AHS guidance, that staff and students who have not been directed to quarantine can attend school safely. Siblings and family members of close contacts are not required to quarantine; however, they are asked to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.  


We remind ALL parents/guardians of students, as well as any staff/visitors/volunteers to École Connaught School to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Please remember to complete the Alberta Daily Health Check each day prior to attending school.  


Out of an abundance of caution, and as we continue our focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19, we have directed our custodial services team to conduct enhanced cleaning protocols prior to the start of school after the spring break. This additional cleaning will focus on areas where the individual was present along with high touch areas and surfaces throughout the school.  
As a reminder, if your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 listed on the Alberta Health Daily Checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and keep them home. For more information about positive COVID-19 cases in school please read COVID-19 in Schools (k-12) setting.  


The health and safety of our students and staff is our priority. We know this news can be distressing, rest assured that we will continue to work closely with AHS and the Medical Officer of Health in the South Zone to ensure that we follow their ongoing recommendations. Please contact me at  denelle.neigum@sd76.ab.ca or call my cell phone 403.878.6668 with your questions. We will continue to provide additional information to parents/guardians as it is available, thank you for your continued support.  


Thank you, 

Denelle Neigum and Diane Cartier

École Connaught School 





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