Students in a Prince Albert, Sask., classroom are switching to online learning following a positive novel coronavirus test.
The Prince Albert Catholic School Division said the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) identified the case in an individual at École St. Anne School on Oct. 11.
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The case being investigated is linked to an outbreak within the city and was not school-acquired, according to a press release.
School officials said the classroom impacted by this case, barring any other cases, is now required to isolate until Oct. 22 and will begin online learning.
Prince Albert Catholic School Division said École St. Anne School will resume in-person classes while maintaining safety protocols that are in place. As of noon Tuesday, no outbreak has been declared at the elementary school.
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The SHA has notified the general public about a potential COVID-19 exposure at a playground located at the school’s address where a person or persons attended while likely infectious from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 4.
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According to its website, École St. Anne School is a kindergarten-to-Grade 8 school offering both a French immersion and English program. It also offers two pre-kindergarten programs for three- and four-year-olds.
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