Riverview moves to virtual learning due to COVID, parents frustrated

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The rising number of COVID cases in River View Public School has led to parents reaching out to SaultOnline, voicing their concerns.

According to the Algoma District School Board’s (ADSB) website, there are now six active cases at River View Public School.

In response, we have learned that Riverview Public School is going to virtual learning for 10 days starting tomorrow. That was the information shared with parents yesterday and confirmed by an e-mail statement to us today.

ADSB Director of Education Lucia Reece provided the following response to our inquiry:

“Algoma District School Board has been working closely with the Algoma Public Health unit to support several contact tracing investigations, following positive COVID-19 tests linked to individuals connected to River View Public School.

Given the current number of cases, the high absenteeism rate (opting for virtual) and the number of classes already pivoted to hybrid, effective Monday, October 25th, all classes at River View P.S. will move to virtual for at least ten days.  Please note that this decision is precautionary and intended to support the best scenario of staffing and supervision, while reducing the potential for additional asymptomatic spread.  ADSB will be communicating with families closer to the proposed return date, to confirm when their child’s class is able to revert back to in-person learning.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause, however, do feel this precautionary decision is in the best interest of student and staff safety.”

Reece also wanted to reiterate that the school is not closed. The move to remote/virtual learning is simply a precautionary measure made by the School Board, not one that was ordered by the Public Health Unit.

In terms of the daycare, Reese said “It is important for everyone to remember that although the initial case was in the daycare and there was no impact to the school, landscapes change quickly and contact tracing sometimes leads to revealing additional contacts and interactions.”

One parent is frustrated with the whole process.

According to them, on Fri. Oct 15th at 4:33 p.m. they received a message which stated, “Algoma Public Health (APH) is advising you that an individual associated with the childcare centre located at River View Public School has tested positive for COVID-19. This case does not impact the River View Public School Community. “

They are concerned that 8 days later and, as of right now, 6 confirmed COVID cases are associated with RV students.

“We also received correspondence tonight indicating that, given the # of cases, the entire school will be moving to virtual learning starting Mon. Oct. 25th to, at least, Mon. Nov. 1st inclusive.”, stated the parent.

They were concerned a little with the timeline, “On, Tues. Oct. 19th – 7:02pm email sent indicating 1st positive case at RV PS. Two days later – Thurs. Oct. 21st – 9:30 pm – another email/ltr indicating my child is a high risk contact as s/he may have been exposed on the bus on Mon. Oct 18th.

So, is this relating to the case identified two days earlier? It’s so hard to know anything, because these are separate emails! If this is the same case, why did it take another two days to notify parents of that potential exposure??”

They believe the whole situation appears to have been mismanaged.

We are awaiting a statement Algoma Public Health about the ongoing situation at River View Public School.

Stay with us as we provide updates on this breaking story as they become available.

3 COMMENTS

    • The lunacy only stops when people like you acknowledge there is an actual problem instead of coming up with your conspiracy theories. Alberta and Saskatchewan flying out ICU patients is lunacy brought about by a global pandemic. Shake your head as you are part of the problem.

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