December 5, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This evening we were informed of a positive
Covid-19 case at Minto Elementary Middle School. We are working with Public
Health officials to identify any students and school personnel who may have
been in contact with the case. Anyone identified as a close contact will
receive a letter from Public Health. This letter will be sent from your
school principal and provide specific instructions on what to do next, including when to pick up rapid test kits.
Whereas we were notified of this case late
in the evening, we will need to move to a distance learning day tomorrow,
Monday, December 6, to allow time for contract tracing to occur. This means
students do not come to school tomorrow. Instead, teachers will
reach out to families with learning activities for the
day. We recognize that the opportunity to connect with the school may
vary among families. Please do not worry if you cannot connect. We understand
that this is short notice, and we will adjust as required.
Unless they are self-isolating, all students should
plan to return to school on Tuesday, December 7. If we need to extend distance
learning, you will be notified.
It is natural to want to know if your child may
have been exposed to the virus but to protect the privacy of students and
school personnel, details, such as names, will not be released.
Children and young people look to the adults in
their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about any anxieties and remind
them to treat one another with kindness and respect, in person and on social
If your child is showing any symptoms of
Covid-19, you should:
- Register them online for a test by
clicking “Get tested” on the GNB coronavirus website (www.gnb.ca/coronavirus). OR,
- Contact Tele-Care 811. The 811 operators
will evaluate your child before sending them for testing.
If you have health-related questions, please
write to COVID-19NB@gnb.ca.
Thank you for your continued support as we
respond to the pandemic.
Jay Colpitts, Director of Schools for Covid-19