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COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019)

March 12, 2020

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UPDATE - 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For up to date and accurate information, please visit saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus​.

March 16, 2020 

The Government of Saskatchewan has just announced that due to COVID-19, classes in pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 will be suspended indefinitely, starting Friday, March 20, 2020.

For the period of March 16th to March 19th, pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 classes will wind down. This means that parents who are able to keep children home should do so immediately, with no absence or grade impacts. Parents with limited childcare options have a window to plan for class suspensions.

The news release is available here: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/march/16/class-suspensions

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March 13, 2020

With the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak a pandemic, these are the measures the North East School Division is endeavoring to put in place to address this public health situation. Please check the NESD website regularly for updates.

North East School Division takes its direction from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and division staff have received regular updates on the situation. As of today (March 13) public health officials state the risk remains low. 

Schools are asked to review hygiene practices with students and have shared posters highlighting proper hand washing for posting in all bathrooms. These posters and other hygiene information can be accessed at www.germsmart.ca.

Parents and guardians are being asked to review the following hygiene practices with children:

  • Practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette (into the bend of your elbow);
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick; and,
  • Don't share water bottles, band instruments, eating utensils, electronic devices, ear pods or food,

As always, if a child is sick, parents and guardians are asked to keep the child home from school. Individuals who have travelled out of Canada should follow the most recent self-monitor or self-quarantine directions of the SHA upon returning to Canada. Individuals who may have concerns about their health can call the provincial HealthLine at 811 for advice and support. Information and updates regarding COVID-19 are available on www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus

Don Rempel

Director of Education

North East School Division

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Update: March 12, 2020
The Government of Saskatchewan has provided updated information on the Coronavirus. Please read the new Q&A: 
Coronavirus2019-Public-QA-Mar112020.pdf

We have highlighted sections from the Q&A relating to schools and students:

Q: Our workplace/school has people who have travelled to an affected area. Should they stay home until they know they do not have COVID-19?

A: All travelers should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or difficulty breathing) for 14 days after returning to Canada and avoid places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if you become ill. If you have even mild symptoms, stay home and call HealthLine 811 for advice.

If you have travelled to a country with a level three travel advisory, limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days starting the day you began your journey to Canada.

This means self-isolate and stay at home. Contact HealthLine 811 within 24 hours of arriving in Canada for direction.

If you have been in close contact with someone who is ill with COVID-19, you should self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact and actively monitor for symptoms.

If you do not have a travel history to/from an affected area and do not have symptoms of a cough or fever, you can go to work or to school.

Q: Are there special steps my daycare or school can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
A: COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and is transmitted in the same fashion as influenza. Administrators, teachers, caregivers, parents and students should take the same precautions they do to prevent the spread of influenza in the classroom.

Practice good cough/sneeze etiquette (into your elbow or tissue and immediately throw the tissue away), wash hands frequently and immediately after using tissues, and ensure regular environmental cleaning of the facility, particularly high-touch surfaces like doorknobs and faucet handles. Individuals who are sick should stay home.

Q: I have a child in my class or daycare that has developed a fever and shortness of breath. What do I do?
A: If you see symptoms of respiratory illness in a child (fever, coughing, shortness of breath), place that child in a separate space or a two metre distance from other children until their parent or caregiver can come for them. Provide them with tissues to support good cough and sneeze etiquette and remind them to maintain good hand hygiene. After they have been picked up, use a disinfectant cleanser for the surfaces they have contacted.

It’s important that a parent or caregiver can pick up the child and that they not take the bus or other mass transit while they are symptomatic. If there is no option except for that child to take the bus, advise the bus driver to try to maintain a two metre distance between them and other passengers for the best protection.

Q: When would a school be closed due to COVID-19?
A: There is currently no widespread transmission of COVID-19 in Canada. At this time, school closures are not recommended for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that schools take standard respiratory illness precautions - the same precautions that are recommended every year for cold and influenza season.

As the science and risk situation evolve, public health officials will update this advice.

Update: February 6, 2020
Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health has provided updated information regarding the Coronavirus.

The guidance regarding travelers returning from China has officially changed and Canada is now recommending that those coming from Hubei Province (including the city of Wuhan) should self-isolate for 14 days upon their return, regardless of whether they are sick.  Those coming from mainland China are being asked to actively monitor daily for any symptoms (fever, cough). All direction is to call HealthLine 811 for assessment and connection to primary health care.
 

Coronavirus2019-WPSchoolQA-Feb-6-2020-v3.pdf

Self-Isolation Sheet.pdf

Infection Control Tips.pdf
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January 30, 2020

RE: Coronavirus update from Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
 
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UPDATED: Coronavirus Information for Saskatchewan Residents (March 12, 2020)
NEW: Saskatchewan COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (March 11, 2020)
NEW: COVID-19 Guidance : Mass Gatherings, Risk for Elderly Populations (March 11, 2020)
NEW: Self-Monitoring Information Sheet (March 11, 2020)
UPDATED: Self-Isolation Information Sheet (March 11, 2020)