Two elementary schools in Fredericton are shutting down classroom learning for two days as more COVID-19 cases were identified over the weekend “among students and / or adults.”
Park Street Elementary School and Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary School will transition to distance learning on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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“This means that students will not report to the building for school. Public Health and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development support this decision, which will help reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, ”wrote Jay Colpitts, director of schools for the response to COVID-19, in a letter to families.
The schools, which are part of the Anglophone West School District, are working with Public Health officials to identify close contacts between students and school personnel. Close contacts will receive a letter from Public Health with instructions on what to do next regarding testing and isolation.
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Additionally, COVID-19 rapid test kits will be available for pickup at both schools on Mondays and Tuesdays during normal operating hours.
“For their peace of mind, families who were not identified as close contacts can also pick up the test kits during these hours,” the letter said.
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Students should “plan to attend school” on Wednesday, unless required to self-isolate.
Any child showing signs of COVID-19 must register for a testor call Tele-Care 811.
On Sunday, the province reported 118 new cases of COVID-19. Of those new cases, 53 were in Zone 3 (Fredericton region), including 24 among people 19 and younger.
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