ST. STEPHEN – Anglophone School District-South Superintendent Zoe Watson sent an email to St. Stephen High School students and parents Thursday, Oct. 14 to let them know today, Friday, Oct. 15 would be a “learning at home day” due to a COVID-19 exposure at the school.

“Public Health has just informed us of a positive COVID-19 case at SSHS. We apologize for this late notice. We are working with Public Health officials to identify any students and school personnel who may have been in contact with the case,” states the email.

“Anyone required to self-isolate will get a letter from Public Health tomorrow (Friday), with specific instructions on what to do next, including instructions regarding the new rapid testing program for unvaccinated students. The letter will be emailed to you from your school principal. If you are not contacted, your child can continue with regular activities. We will notify you when Public Health letters have finished being sent.”

The email goes on to say school is expected to resume as normal Monday, Oct. 18 “except for those whom Public Health has identified as close contacts and are required to self-isolate. You will be notified if this changes.”

A positive case was also identified at the Campobello Island Consolidated School, but no further details have been released to the Courier.

“A new case has been confirmed at Campobello Island Consolidated School, which was previously impacted,” states a GNB press release.

Since school began on Tuesday, Sept. 7, some 98 schools in the province and 53 early learning and child-care facilities have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19.