COVID-19 identified in two more Saskatoon schools

Grant Boone
September 18, 2020

Three staff members at the school have tested positive for the virus and are now self-isolating.

All students at Fellowes High School will be switching to online learning for the time being. They have not been in the school since Friday, September 11th.

One week into her daughter's school year at St. Anne Catholic Elementary School, it came as a shock to Ritovski.

She said they should shut down now that they've had a case.

Many more staff in the school were not wearing masks, prompting one source to tell the star this outbreak is "completely unacceptable".

There is also one case of COVID-19 confirmed at each of the following schools: Westmount Junior High School, Parkview School, Vimy Ridge School, Highlands School and Ivor Dent School.

Despite the confirmed coronavirus case, Park Terrace will remain open for in-person instruction in accordance with guidance from the health department. Classes began at the Pembroke high school on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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The four-week time span between the elementary and middle school start dates is meant to allow time to adjust "elementary school logistics and safety protocols", and "will only occur if safety practices and viral conditions permit", the district wrote.

Cary resident Monika Gwiztz said children are missing out with remote learning.

"We are working with Public Health to inform parents and caregivers, and the SHA is conducting contact tracing", spokesperson Derrick Kunz said.

She and her family had COVID-19 tests scheduled for Thursday, but Ristovski said she will keep her family in self-isolation for two weeks, even if it returns a negative result. "We're just existing, we're not living", Stavropoulos said.

Dr. John Douglas, director of the Tri-County health department, said he thinks that the district's decision to make the change makes sense because the new metrics are more closely related to school safety than hospitalizations.

Since the start of the pandemic there have been 16,128 confirmed cases of COVID-19 while 14,739 people have recovered.

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