Contributed by Prairie Rose Public Schools
Prairie Rose Public Schools was informed by Alberta Health Services of a positive case of COVID-19 connected to Bow Island Elementary School on April 19. Close contacts were identified and a total of 14 students and four staff and have been placed into quarantine. The positive case puts Bow Island Elementary on alert status.
Those who are required to isolate will continue to be supported by the school through online and remote learning methods. Siblings and family members of close contacts are not required to self-isolate, however they are asked to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Out of respect for privacy and in accordance with AHS guidelines, we cannot disclose personal details about the positive case.
Bow Island Elementary 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 students and staff. We continue to focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and have directed our custodian 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.
We also remind all families to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using our Student Illness Guide and keep students who are sick away from school. Our COVID-19 Close Contact Guide outlines the process of identifying close contacts in schools and what to do if you have been around someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
For more information about positive COVID-19 cases in school please read COVID-19 in Schools (K-12) Settings.