Outbreak declared at Sinclair Oct 24

Outbreak declared at Sinclair Oct 24
Posted on 10/24/2021
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Update October 30, 2021: Ongoing investigation of the COVID-19 outbreak at R.G. Sinclair by KFL&A Public Health reveals transmission is occurring outside of the school environment (i.e., unstructured play activities, play dates, etc.). Out of an abundance of caution, KFL&A Public Health is recommending the entire school population be tested for COVID-19. This includes all classrooms where students have not had a known exposure to a positive case.

Please read more in this KFL&A Notice to 
Sinclair School Community Oct. 27, 2021

KFL&A Public Health has now identified a total of 14 cases of COVID-19 at R.G. Sinclair: four student cases on Oct. 27, five student cases on Oct. 26, two student cases on Oct. 25, one staff case  on Oct. 24 and two student cases on Oct. 30. Given evidence of school spread, KFL&A Public Health declared an outbreak on Oct. 25. As per provincial Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education guidance, an outbreak is declared in a school once it has been determined that two individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 with an epidemiological link (meaning these students/staff could have become infected with COVID-19 at school, either from each other or a common source), within a 14-day period. The school remains open, however, visitors are restricted at this time.

In the interests of maintaining privacy, the board will not identify people that have received positive COVID-19 tests.

The school and board are working with KFL&A Public Health to identify cohorts of students, staff and others who may have been in close contact with the COVID-19 positive person at school. Not all students or staff will be affected by a positive case. A positive case at a school does not mean the individual was exposed to COVID-19 at the school. They may have been exposed somewhere else in the community or outside of the KFL&A region.

The school will clean and disinfect all areas where the individual may have been, and will work with KFL&A Public Health to develop a plan to protect all members of the school community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines, the board has posted this information on its website. The board will continue to follow the directions of KFL&A Public Health who has the responsibility to manage confirmed cases of COVID-19.

KFL&A Public Health, the school and board are taking all necessary steps to prevent further spread of the virus both in the schools and the community. As always, the health and safety of students, staff and the school community remain our priority.

Please visit the COVID-19 Confirmed Cases webpage for a list of current cases.