Students back at CML as staffing issues eased

The HPEDSB Education Centre. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)
JASON PARKS

STAFF WRITER

Classes have resumed at CML Snider school.

After an early dismissal Thursday and temporarily suspending in-class learning for Friday, the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board informed parents of the Wellington elementary school over the weekend that students would be welcomed back as of Monday morning.

Learning came to a sudden halt as it was determined a student at the school had tested positive for COVID-19.

Director of Education for HPEDSB Sean Monteith took the “unusual step of sending a letter on a Saturday” due to the time sensitive information.

“As the Director of Education, I want you to know that the decision to close the school was made by me after careful consideration and for the safety of the entire school community. Closing a school is significant and as a father, I am aware of the pressures it places on families when children cannot go to school,” Monteith said. “When I made the decision to close the school last Thursday, it was because neither I, nor the principal, Tina Jones, could be assured that there would be enough staff to teach and safely supervise students as we awaited contact tracing by public health.”

On Saturday, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health confirmed all high risk contacts of the positive COVID-19 case have been contacted and are now isolating and all other members of the school community are not required to isolate at this time.

The school has been cleaned and disinfected, and was opened on Monday morning.

“At this time, I ask all students, families and staff to continue following public health measures to keep safe, including physical distancing as much as possible, frequent hand washing, using face coverings and staying in cohorts, as well as doing daily screening before going to school. The provincial screening tool is available online,” the Director added. “While I realize that news about positive COVID-19 cases in any school community can be concerning, please be assured that our Facility Services, Education Centre and school teams are working diligently to provide safe learning environments.”