Case of COVID-19 connected to SMBES
A case of COVID-19 connected to St. Margaret’s Bay Elementary School (SMBES) has been identified.
Click here to read the notification letter from Public Health. The letter indicates that all close contacts in the school have been notified; the public health investigation continues. At this time, no further action is required of families.
When a COVID-19 case is identified in a school, the Halifax Regional Centre for Education takes direction from Public Health.
Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with Public Health, SMBES will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday, December 2) for a deep cleaning. Staff will work from home to support students with at-home learning. A reminder that Thursday, December 3 is a professional development day in the morning and virtual parent-teacher interviews are taking place in the afternoon.
An update on when school will reopen will be communicated to families on Thursday.
We understand families may feel anxious hearing this news. It is natural to want to know more about this case, but to protect the privacy of students and staff, other details including 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/guardians are encouraged to speak with their children about any anxieties and remind them that school is a safe place to be.
Families should continue to monitor their child(ren) daily for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 using Nova Scotia’s daily checklist at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/Daily-COVID-checklist-en.pdf .
If a child has or develops signs or symptoms as described on the checklist, families should complete the COVID-19 self-assessment online at https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca or call 811 if they are unable to access the online tool.