BONNYVILLE – Some students and staff from Bonnyville Centralized High School (BCHS) are now self-isolating after the school was connected to a positive case of COVID-19.
Northern Lights Public School (NLPS) confirmed in a Nov. 18 notification that everyone considered in close contact with the individual had already been contacted.
“BCHS remains open to in-person learning and students who haven’t been identified as a close contact can continue to attend school,” the statement read. “Students who are required to isolate will be supported by the school through online and remote learning methods.”
Any personal information regarding the positive case won’t be disclosed "out of respect for privacy and in accordance with Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines."
NLPS stated they’re working closely with AHS to ensure necessary measures are in place to protect students and staff. Enhanced cleaning will be completed by custodial staff, with a focus on areas where the individual was present, along with a continued focus on high touch areas and surfaces throughout the school.
Anyone who intends to enter BCHS is required to complete a daily self-screening test for COVID-19 and cannot enter the facility if they answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions. Anyone with symptoms is advised to stay home and to fill out an AHS online self-assessment or to call Health Link at 811.
In the Nov. 18 provincial COVID-19 situation update, there were 312 schools that are on alert or have an outbreak for a total of 1,059 cases in total.
Of those 312 schools, there are 152 that are on alert with a total of 208 cases.
Outbreaks have been declared in 167 school facilities, including 64 on watch, with a total of 851 cases.
To date, in school transmission has likely occurred in 157 buildings and 83 of those have only had one new case.
There have been 237 schools removed from the alert list as of the Nov. 18 update.