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Positive COVID-19 case at Vilna School

Students and staff who had close contact with individual have been directed to stay home

VILNA - A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Vilna School.

Aspen View Public Schools was notified on Friday that a positive case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual from Vilna School.

Students and staff who had close contact with the individual have been directed to stay home, according to the school division. A total of seven students and seven staff were identified as close contacts, according to Ross Hunter, communications officer with Aspen View.

"Anyone considered a close contact of a case of COVID-19 is contacted directly by Alberta Health Services with further direction. To protect privacy, no further case details will be provided," reads a statement from the school division.

The positive case was last in the school on Oct. 30. Isolation for the close contacts would extend through to Nov. 13. Aspen View schools are scheduled for November break all of next week, adds Hunter.

The school continues to operate with protocols in place for all other students and staff.

“Aspen View and Vilna School administration is diligently following Alberta Health Services guidance to ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the health and safety of students and staff,” said Superintendent Neil O’Shea.

The division would like to remind parents, guardians of students, as well as any staff to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and complete the daily checklist before attending school.

"As a reminder, if you or your child have any of the core symptoms listed on the Alberta Health daily checklist, please stay home/keep your child at home and fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811. We will continue to provide additional information to parents/guardians as it becomes available."