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Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at Highview – October 22, 2020

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Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at Highview – October 22, 2020


October 22, 2020

Dear Highview Families,

This letter is to inform you that a student in our school has tested positive for COVID-19.

The student was last in the building on Monday, October 19. Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS) notified Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) of the positive test result on October 22.

The students and staff members associated with this case, including those in the before- and after-school program, have been notified and will self-isolate, pending further direction. HPHS will connect with individuals as part of the contact tracing process.

It is vital that personal health information and identifiers are not released, and the privacy of everyone involved is respected.

HWDSB and our school are working closely with Public Health to ensure appropriate measures are in place to prevent the spread of illness to other students or people in the school community. Please continue to have your child attend school, unless of course you are a close contact and directed otherwise by HPHS, monitor for symptoms, and perform daily screening for COVID-19 symptoms. Find symptoms on the COVID-19 school screening website.

If your child/ren develops COVID-19 symptoms, they will need to stay home from school. If your child/ren will be away from school, please use SafeArrival to inform the school about the reason for the absence; provide information about symptoms. This will help HWDSB and Hamilton Public Health understand illness transmission in the community. Find details about Safe Arrival.

If your child/ren develops COVID-19 symptoms, they must stay home from school and should get a COVID-19 test.  To book a COVID-19 please go to www.HamiltonCovidTest.ca.

Testing for Symptomatic Students and/or Staff

Hamilton Public Health Services recommends testing symptomatic students and/or staff if symptoms appear with 14 days from last exposure of a confirmed cases of COVID-19.  At this time, Public Health is not recommending testing for anyone who is not showing symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.


In response to a confirmed case, HWDSB follows a detailed cleaning and disinfecting protocol. Additional measures may also be taken, in consultation with Public Health. Students and staff will only be admitted into a school space once these measures are complete and when we are confident it is safe to use.

Well-being Supports

We understand that this is a concerning development and want to support you. For mental health and well-being supports, please contact your school or explore the resources at www.hwdsb.on.ca/mentalhealth


Our shared priority is the health and safety of the children and staff in our school community. As we continue to navigate through this pandemic, it will always be our intention to provide you with information that assures you of our preparedness, procedural precautions, and of our ability to provide a safe setting for both children, their families, and educators.

Please know that we remain focused on the well-being of our school community and will update you throughout the process. Contact the school if you have further questions or concerns.


Jamie McLean

Updated on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
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