WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg school division is warning parents to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 after a potential exposure in one of its facilities.
Louis Riel School Division Superintendent Christian Michalik says there may have been a COVID-19 exposure at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé, a French Immersion school in the southern St. Vital area of the city for grades 9 through 12.
Letters sent home this weekend on Saturday explain the possible exposure impacts students in Grade 12 and would have occurred between Tuesday and Thursday of last week.
School officials say Manitoba Shared Health notified them that at least one student at the school was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 and attended class while they may have been contagious. Close contacts of that student have been notified and instructed to self-isolate.
Parents are being advised to watch for symptoms of the COVID-19 for two weeks, and to arrange for testing for the virus immediately if symptoms do develop.
Vaccination rates in the communities served by the Louis Riel School Division are high. St. Boniface has nearly 88.5 per cent uptake for one dose of COVID-19 vaccines and 86 per cent for two, while St. Vital has 88.1 and 85.9 per cent uptake rates respectively. The division says of its more than 2,000 staff, 97.6 per cent have been fully vaccinated, while the remainder who hadn’t yet received both shots have been following the LRSD’s testing protocol that has been in place since September 8.
Across the province, more than one in 10 Manitoba education workers failed to get immunized against COVID-19 by deadline last Monday, representing around 3,700 of the 34,000 individuals who work with students.