Dawson Creek Secondary (South Peace Campus)

The information below outlines the process Northern Health follows when a school exposure is reported:  

Northern Health COVID-19 school notification process:

If a student or teacher receives a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, Public Health follows a rigorous protocol:

  • Contact tracing is initiated by Public Health to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with.
  • Public Health will  identify and notify close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advise them to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
  • Only Public Health can determine who is a close contact. Learning groups, friends or other connections may not be determined to be a close contact.
  • Public Health staff works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community.

If your child’s school receives a notification of exposure:

A notification does not mean your child has been exposed to COVID-19.

If you do not receive a phone call or letter from Public Health, your child should continue to attend school. You can monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms daily using the BC COVID-19 Health Assessment Tool.

For more information and resources regarding COVID-19, visit the Coronavirus Information (COVID-19) page or B.C.'s Back to School Plan

If your child’s school has been notified of an exposure, no action is required unless you are contacted by Public Health or are otherwise directed by school officials.

November 26th, 2020

 

To the Dawson Creek Secondary School – South Peace Campus Parents, Guardians, and School Community: 

 

Northern Health Authority has informed us that students and staff may have been in contact with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 on November 16th – 18th, 2020.

 

In this circumstance, the safety plan was followed precisely - and because of this, the risk of additional cases is very low

 

The safety and well-being of our students, families, and staff remains our highest priority. Please be reassured that our school will continue to implement the strict protocols and procedures we have in place so that children can continue to attend school as safely as possible. 

 

Parents please remind your child to bring their mask to school for the times in common areas when distancing cannot be maintained.  Physical distancing is difficult to maintain when entering and exiting the building, during breaks and lunch, and during class changes.

 

When we are reminding students about wearing a mask, when distancing is not possible, a common response we hear from students is that they left their mask at home.  If you could help us out and remind your child to bring their mask to school, it would be appreciated.

 

Northern Health has asked that you monitor your child/children for symptoms until December 2nd, 2020 midnight (which is 14 days from the last date of possible contact with the confirmed case).

 

If you have any health-related questions, please contact Northern Health as per the attached letter.

 

We ask for your patience at this time.  

 

 

Take care,

 

Josh Kurjata

Principal

 

Parents and Guardians,

Early dismissal days are this week on November 18th and 19th where students will be dismissed one hour early from classes.  At South Peace we just completed quarter 1 and are starting quarter 2 on Monday November 16th.  With the transition to quarter 2 and completion of report cards for quarter 1 happening this week, we will not be holding parent-teacher interviews at this time.

The focus for our teaching staff throughout this year will be to connect with parents/guardians on an ongoing and regular basis.  We encourage all parents to reach out to your child’s teachers directly or to the office to let us know that you would like to have a conversation with your child’s teacher at any time this year.

At any point throughout the year, if you wish to have an in-person meeting with a teacher you will need to book those meetings with the teacher and administration.  With the COVID protocols that are in place, we are limited in regard to the number of guests in the building as well as ensuring adherence to the additional protocols that are in place for entering and exiting the building.  We are encouraging teachers to use technology where possible to connect with parents/guardians.

We look forward to connecting with you throughout the year.

 

DCSS Staff

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