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GINTA – Schools are still open – should we be worried?

LAST WEEKEND my eldest announced that someone at NorKam had covid-19. That was according to social media, which of course, I said then, has a 50 percent chance of being accurate.

Shortly after, the news was official: someone at NorKam was indeed diagnosed with the virus. Relief that it was not my son’s school was mixed with a cascade of questions: will everyone who came in contact with the student be tested?

What about the possibility that the student had come in contact with many others, in the same school or others?  Will the classmates and their parents be given the heads-up and how many of them will get tested so that the spread does not progress? A NorKam parent told me that information has been scarce.

On social media teachers have expressed worries about the virus spreading without enough tracing. If kids stay for a couple of days only until symptoms go away, there is a risk that that though they are symptom-free, some might still be carrying the virus which increases the risk of transmission to peers and staff.

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Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at daniela.ginta@gmail.com, or through her blog at http://www.thinkofclouds.com.

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1 Comment on GINTA – Schools are still open – should we be worried?

  1. Bill Hadgkiss // November 24, 2020 at 7:41 PM // Reply

    Thanks Daniella;
    In many cases, violations of the latest rule can be very expensive, yet the silliness of the bus vs bus stop and many other instances are often in a conflict with common sense, hence the confusion. There should at least be a location we may check to see what is current vs what has changed or is cancelled without having to read repeated BC Gov’t. 20 minute reads.

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