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Shuswap school begins 'functional' closure due to increase in COVID-19 activity

Sorrento Elementary School has decided to close its door this week due to an increase in COVID-19 activity.

According to a letter sent out to parents on Oct. 11, there have been positive cases in the school community resulting in a number of people having to self-isolate for 10 days.

This past Friday, School District #83 superintendent Donna Kriger explained that two classrooms were self-isolating until Oct. 12.

“SD83 is working closely with Interior Health, who is providing recommendations and guidance,” Kriger.

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However, online learning will now begin on Wednesday until Monday, Oct. 18 as a result of staffing constraints and in order to support those school community members who are having to self-isolate.

The letter to the school community explains that this is a “functional school closure and has not been declared a COVID-19 outbreak.”

Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 will receive a phone call from Interior Health.

Interior Health is currently asking the entire school community to self-monitor for symptoms and to get tested if they feel sick.

The letter finished by adding that “schools offer very significant health and wellness benefits, physically, socially, and emotionally. Health authorities and school districts are working closely to ensure schools remain safe.”

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