Hythe Regional School has first COVID case, parents say they have confidence in school

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Some Hythe Regional School students will be isolating until Wednesday, March 10 after a COVID-19 case there was confirmed Friday.

This is the first time a COVID case has been detected at HRS, said Angela Sears, Peace Wapiti School Division (PWSD) communications officer.

The individual last attended HRS Tuesday, Feb. 23, according to PWSD. HRS remains open for in-person learning.

School administration contacted families and staff on Friday after learning about the positive test result from Alberta Health Services.

Despite the news, Beaverlodge mom Emily Friesen said she feels HRS has been diligent with its cleaning and safety measures.

“I feel perfectly safe sending my kids to school there,” Friesen said.

Hythe mom Michelle Crichton Huey concurs.

“I have great faith that (my son’s) safety, and every student’s and staff’s, is of upmost importance at HRS,” Huey said.

“There are sanitizer stations throughout the school, masks are provided for anyone requiring one, janitorial staff are present all day continuously wiping down high traffic areas (and) rooms are sterilized every night.”

Remote learning is available to isolating students and the school has been disinfected, according to PWSD.

Those not identified as close contacts were allowed to return to school Monday.

PWSD is not disclosing further details about the case, citing respect to the individual.

PWSD credited plans to create cohorts with allowing AHS to complete contact tracing.

Currently Whispering Ridge Community School is on alert for having two COVID-19 cases confirmed in February and two in January.

Beaverlodge Regional High School has also had four cases

One case was also confirmed at Robert W. Zahara Public School in February, with close contacts allowed to return to school Feb. 26.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News