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COVID closes Sunset Park School

It's termed a "cautionary measure" to reduce the spread of the virus
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Sunset Park School. Near North District School Board. Jeff Turl/BayToday.

COVID-19 has caused Sunset Park School to shut down.

In a letter to parents this afternoon, Principal Kim Pauli said the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit has dismissed all students and staff immediately until Monday, Feb. 22.

See: Positive test at Sunset Park Public School

It's termed a "cautionary measure" to reduce the spread of the virus.

Pauli says students will move to a "learn at home model" and should monitor for COVID symptoms.

The Health Unit confirmed yesterday that a member of the Sunset Park Public School community had tested positive for COVID-19. The person was at the school during their infectious period.

One parent, concerned about others being exposed, told BayToday that she is unhappy about how long it took to inform parents their child had been exposed and asks why it took until 8:30 at night for parents to be informed there was a positive case at the school. 

Yesterday's emailed message told parents "All students and staff who are not directly contacted by the health unit have been determined to have had a low-risk exposure to the case of COVID-19."

A decision was made at the time to keep the school open, "as the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to staff and students is very low at this time."

Jeff Turl

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