Notification process for potential COVID-19 exposures and close contacts

Updated on February 2, 2022

In consultation with the Chief Public Health Office, we have updated the PSB’s COVID-19 case management process for notifying potential exposures and close contacts in a PSB school or bus, as follows.

Exposure notifications will be shared on the PSB website’s Potential COVID-19 School Exposures web page. Individual notices regarding exposures will not be sent to parents/guardians. Parents/guardians are encouraged to regularly check the PSB website for updated potential exposure sites. Potential exposures will be listed by school and bus, along with possible exposure dates.

Symptom screening and testing are key tools in reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our schools. Parents/guardians should continue to monitor their child for symptoms of COVID-19. If feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, they should stay home and access testing at a drop-in testing clinic at the earliest opportunity.

Students should also continue to follow the at-home testing schedule, using the rapid antigen tests, on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. If the at-home test is positive, the student should go for testing at a testing clinic.

Close contacts
Public Health Nursing and schools will assist positive cases 12 years of age and under in identifying close contacts. The PSB will then send close contacts a notification by email and/or voice message regarding isolation and testing requirements.

For positive cases 13 years of age and older, the PSB will provide a notification that they can share with their close contacts.

Positive cases
All positive cases confirmed at a testing clinic (students and staff) are asked to notify the school of the absence and contact the Education Reporting Line at 1-833-308-0286 or for further direction.

Reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our schools relies on all of us to do our part.

We have public health measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our schools. For more information, visit COVID-19 and Back to School.

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