NPSS warned of COVID exposure

Northern Health is warning of possible COVID-19 exposures at North Peace Secondary School in Fort St. John this month.

The health authority says students and staff may have been in contact with a lab-confirmed case on Nov. 10, 12, 13, and 16, and that they should monitor for symptoms until midnight on Nov. 30.

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"Every school in BC has a COVID-19 safety plan in place. In this circumstance, the safety plan was followed precisely - and because of this, the risk of additional cases is very low," wrote Medical Health Officer Dr. Raina Fumerton in a Nov. 20 letter.

"We recognize that learning of a potential exposure to COVID-19 may cause concern for families, and we hope to address some of those concerns with the following information."

Schools superintendent Stephen Petrucci says operations at NPSS will continue as normal with additional cleaning protocols.

"The school continues to run and students will continue to attend," Petrucci said. "Only those students or staff members who have been deemed to be a close contact have been contacted by Northern Health and will follow their directions."

Chetwynd Secondary and Hudson's Hope school were also alerted to possible exposures earlier this month.

Letter from Northern Health in full below:

Covid Letter - North Peace Secondary School - Nov 20 2020 by AlaskaHighwayNews on Scribd

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[Eds note: Article updates to include comment from SD60 Superintendent Stephen Petrucci.]

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