December 19th, 2020
- Region of Waterloo Public Health has determined that a student, last in our Jacob Hespeler Secondary School building on December 16th 2020, has a presumed positive case of COVID-19. The identity of the individual is protected by privacy legislation and will not be shared.
Public Health has identified all high-risk contacts of the presumed positive case and will provide individual guidance to them. High-risk contacts include some students and staff who have all been notified and directed to self-isolate.
This is a school-wide notification. If you received a letter from Public Health directing you to self-isolate you must follow their instruction.
If you are not contacted by Region of Waterloo Public Health, you are not considered a high-risk contact. Public Health works with the school to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in students, staff and the community.
Please continue to self-screen (using the COVID-19 School Screening Tool) and monitor your health daily, practice hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and other infection control and prevention measures. If you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, access the COVID-19 Self-Assessment on the Public Health website and follow the direction given. Please visit the COVID-19 Health, Safety and Wellness Handbook for WRDSB Staff for guidance, wellness resources and information.
Please continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily and visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information about what this means for students. In accordance with guidance from the Ministry of Education, the Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 page will be updated on an ongoing basis with information regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving a student or staff member in a school setting. For more information about COVID-19, please visit the Region of Waterloo Public Health website.
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