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Wild Rose student may have been exposed to COVID-19: has no symptoms, has quarantined

Power said any school that experiences a potential exposure will send a notification to parents and she asks that families use the schools as their resource for information.
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On Friday afternoon, Wild Rose Elementary School principal Derek Herman sent out an email to parents letting them know a student who attends the school may have been exposed to the virus.

The principal said this student has not been experiencing symptoms but had been attending school since being potentially exposed. Since becoming aware of the potential exposure, the student and family have self-quarantined.

“We are aware that this is a sensitive topic and we know that rumours can start quickly and may be misleading or untruthful so wanted to advise you of the situation first,” Herman said in the email.

St. Albert Public Schools spokesperson Paula Power confirmed a student at Wild Rose Elementary School might have been exposed to the virus while travelling.

Power said the student and their family are self-quarantining.

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Power said any school that experiences a potential exposure will send a notification to parents and she asks that families use the schools as their resource for information.

"(I want to remind parents that) if there is something going on a child's school, we will contact them directly," Power said

Any families with any questions can call their principal or the board office to get more information.

Earlier today, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, announced the province is not closing schools and the decision was not made lightly.

"I understand and appreciate many Albertans are concerned about their children and the risk of COVID-19. Students should not be worried about attending class at this time," Hinshaw said.

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Herman said in the email that if Alberta Health Services advises the schools to close, parents will be contacted by the school immediately.

Herman reminded parents that there are some children in the school who have compromised immune systems.

“We ask you to consider that when deciding whether or not to send your sick children to school,” Herman said.


Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Jennifer Henderson is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for Great West Newspapers based in St. Albert, Alta.
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