HRM: Nova Scotia is reporting one additional case of COVID-19 at Auburn Drive High School in Cole Harbour. The new case is a close contact of an earlier reported case at the school.
Auburn Drive High and its family of schools will close for the day on Friday, Nov. 20, which includes:
— Astral Drive Elementary
— Astral Drive Junior High
— Bell Park Academic Centre
— Caldwell Road Elementary
— Colby Village Elementary
— Graham Creighton Junior High
— Humber Park Elementary
— Joseph Giles Elementary.
Schools will be closed to community bookings from now until Sunday, Nov. 22.
Friday is an assessment and evaluation day for students from pre-primary to grade 9. Staff will work from home except for caretaking and custodial staff.
Public health will be in touch with close contacts as part of its ongoing investigation and advise of next steps. Everyone in a class which a confirmed case attended is being tested and must self-isolate for 14 days. Students will be supported to learn at home.
When a member of the school community tests positive for COVID-19, public health works with the school to let families know about the positive case and what happens next. Those decisions, including whether to keep a school open, close a classroom or close the entire school, are made based on the level of risk to other members of the school community and the operational capacity to support in-class learning.