COVID-19: a student Cantley removed from the school because one of his relatives is a carrier of the virus

COVID-19: un élève de Cantley retiré de l'école car l'un de ses proches est porteur du virus

COVID-19: un élève de Cantley retiré de l'école car l'un de ses proches est porteur du virus

A close relative of a child who presented to the primary school on the Edge of the Woods to Cantley “would have received” on Monday morning a positive result at the COVID-19 while the student was already in class.

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May 11, 2020

Updated on may 12, 2020 at 16h11

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COVID-19: a student Cantley removed from the school because one of his relatives is a carrier of the virus

COVID-19: un élève de Cantley retiré de l'école car l'un de ses proches est porteur du virus

COVID-19: un élève de Cantley retiré de l'école car l'un de ses proches est porteur du virus

Daniel LeBlanc

The Right

COVID-19: un élève de Cantley retiré de l'école car l'un de ses proches est porteur du virus

COVID-19: un élève de Cantley retiré de l'école car l'un de ses proches est porteur du virus

Charles-Antoine Gagnon

The Right

A close relative of a child who presented to the primary school on the Edge of the Woods to Cantley “would have received” on Monday morning a positive result at the COVID-19 while the student was already in class by the first day of school in the process of déconfinement.

In a letter sent to parents Monday evening, the Commission scolaire des Draveurs (CSD) said “to have taken place from the inception of the situation” and that “the protocol prescribed by the public Health has immediately been applied”.

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The director-general, Manon Dufour, explains that it is a member of the family of the student who was called to the secretariat around 11 am Monday to inform the establishment that a person of the entourage had just received a diagnosis of COVID-19.

“Automatically, the school management has set in motion the protocol and it has isolated the student in a local specially identified. There is one in each of the schools, at this place there is also material for additional protection as needed. Only one person was with him, at this time, no other person has been in contact with him. The child had no symptoms at the school. A parent then came the look”, she says.

The office of the minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, has clarified the Law in accordance with the indications of the public Health, “the child has been returned home and will remain there for 14 days”.

“After analyzing the situation and the course of events, the court has determined that compliance with the measures of hygiene established in the school as well as the absence of prolonged contact between the student and other individuals allowed to minimize the risk of spread. […] This incident demonstrates that the protocols put in place in the school system to work, but we call for more vigilance. Any person who feels sick or has symptoms related to the COVID-19 must absolutely stay away from school for a period of 14 days,” says the press officer Francis Bouchard.

For the sake of protecting the anonymity of the child, no other information has been revealed, including whether the infected person is one of its parents.

The news, which spread like wildfire on social media late Monday night, has created anxiety and generated a number of comments of all kinds, but the CSD has wanted to be reassuring, and is not ready to talk about a bad judgment on the part of the family, far from it.

“Yes, we are surprised because it was the first day, except that it’s going to happen in life. All health care workers who are going to be tested, for example, will not be able to withdraw their child from the school ad vitam aeternam. He should really understand that there are several reasons why people expect tests. People who are relatives of our students will have positive results in the future, this is the new reality to which we will be facing for the next few months. The important thing is that the safety rules are applied, it is this that makes the difference. Subsequently, when such a situation occurs, the protocol must be strictly followed. We were well prepared, we had done simulations, and we still had reviewed the protocol with the principals last Friday. They were all ready for any eventuality”, she notes.

During the day of Monday, after the departure of the student, a team was dispatched to the scene to conduct the disinfection of the school, and no closure of the institution has not been necessary.

“No one had entered the perimeter reserved for this student, there has been no exchange of material. Therefore, there was no reason to panic, although I understand the anxiety it can create. It was just necessary to do things right and implement the protocol in place, what has been done. I am very proud of the leadership that has been demonstrated, with good reflexes were there and all the people have posed exactly the right thing. I trust that if the situation was repeated in another of our schools, the same elements will be reproduced,” says Manon Dufour.

COVID-19: un élève de Cantley retiré de l'école car l'un de ses proches est porteur du virus

Manon Dufour, director general of the CSD

Patrick Woodbury, Right

The CSD has also pointed out that the student in question did not use school transportation.

In the aftermath of this incident, 21 students out of 170 were absent on Tuesday morning, we are told, and the director of the school was at the landing to the outside in order to talk in order to feel the pulse of the parents.

“All of the parents who decided to send their children to school since yesterday (Monday) also had a small level of stress.Our children, this is what we have most precious. But they trust us, even knowing that there is a certain risk when you get out of the house. There is anxiety, we ourselves were febrile yesterday morning, we wanted everything to be respected to the letter. I’ve personally visited seven schools and social distancing were observed, the instructions were followed. It was very quiet in the schools. We must create new habits, but children are extremely résiliants, they were immediately onboard,” says the director-general of the organization.

Ms. Dufour argues that it was critical for the CSD, knowing that the situation is “anxiety-provoking” for several weeks, to exercise the maximum transparency possible in the wake of this event.

“It is a question of confidence of parents. They must feel that the environment is under control, no matter what happens, that the safeguards are there,” she said.

The explanations of the CISSSO

The integrated Centre of health and social services for the Outaouais region (CISSSO) did not want to comment on this specific case, but stressed in a written reply that “the people are waiting for a result are routinely advised that the persons with whom they are (or have been) in contact must remain isolated until the desired result”.

As of Tuesday, the department of public health of the Ottawa river reported no confirmed case in a school in the region. In the case of confirmation of a case, an epidemiological investigation will be carried out.

“In the presence of a positive case in a school, there will actually communications with parents who may be concerned, in collaboration with the school, said the spokesperson of the CISSSO, Patricia Rheaume. The school boards and schools have received communications and tools to respond to parent questions about situations other than the presence of a confirmed case.”

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