The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools has made the decision to close an elementary school and move to online learning temporarily following a positive novel coronavirus case.
Officials from the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) informed the school division on Monday of a COVID-19-positive individual at Father Vachon School, which is located on 3722 Centennial Dr.
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According to a press release, the investigation is at this early stage of contact tracing and SHA said the individual was in multiple locations of the school as well as had multiple touch points with equipment and supplies.
Out of an abundance of caution and SHA’s recommendation, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools said students from Father Vachon School will move to online learning starting Tuesday and through Oct. 21.
It added it’s also assessing student access to and need for technology at home to facilitate online learning.
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Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools said caretaking staff will do a deep clean of the building in the Pacific Heights neighbourhood.
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