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Kid's school has covid19, what to do?

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Kid's school has covid19, what to do?

Received an email from the school board last night that there is a confirmed covid19 case in the school. There seems to be some bogus privacy policy that the school is using to harbor the student and parents name. I want to have an option to sue the school, or the parents if we "knock on wood" give covid19 to my parents which are elderly and have other medical conditions. What to do?
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My eldest kid too had a case, but it wasn't her class, so we sent her to school.
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at87on wrote: My eldest kid too had a case, but it wasn't her class, so we sent her to school.
Well here the school is not disclosing any information beside the school has one case. Nothing about what class, which floor, what grade, nothing. So I am assuming the worse case scenario here. They cannot give more information than the school got covid19. What would you do?
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If your kid was a direct contact (same class, same school bus, etc) of the kid who has covid then you would have received an email to tell you to get tested. Also it was a risk you were willing to take by sending your kid to school instead of doing online while knowing you or your kid would have contact with your parents. Best to social distance with your parents while your kid goes to school.

I also received an email like yours, in fact two emails as there were two cases at my kids school. I made them stay home for a few days then sent them back. No more new cases since, and this happened the first few weeks of September. We also don't visit the grandparents.
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cristianosham wrote: Well here the school is not disclosing any information beside the school has one case. Nothing about what class, which floor, what grade, nothing. So I am assuming the worse case scenario here. They cannot give more information than the school got covid19. What would you do?
If it's a child in your kid's class, Public Health will contact you.
If you weren't contacted, it's not someone in your kid's class.

They don't want the child's identity to be known so kids can bully that child, worse are bully parents.
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ckay1980 wrote: If your kid was a direct contact (same class, same school bus, etc) of the kid who has covid then you would have received an email to tell you to get tested. Also it was a risk you were willing to take by sending your kid to school instead of doing online while knowing you or your kid would have contact with your parents. Best to social distance with your parents while your kid goes to school.

I also received an email like yours, in fact two emails as there were two cases at my kids school. I made them stay home for a few days then sent them back. No more new cases since, and this happened the first few weeks of September. We also don't visit the grandparents.
We found out about the case at my kid's school on a Thursday, we kept my daughter home Friday and the following Monday as a precaution.

We avoided visiting grandparents for another 6-7 days, and everything is back to normal now.
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ckay1980 wrote: If your kid was a direct contact (same class, same school bus, etc) of the kid who has covid then you would have received an email to tell you to get tested. Also it was a risk you were willing to take by sending your kid to school instead of doing online while knowing you or your kid would have contact with your parents. Best to social distance with your parents while your kid goes to school.

I also received an email like yours, in fact two emails as there were two cases at my kids school. I made them stay home for a few days then sent them back. No more new cases since, and this happened the first few weeks of September. We also don't visit the grandparents.
Same, although I didn't keep my kids home after a case was reported. The classes with the +ve child moved to online teaching I think, at least temporarily.

I don't see why the school should release the name though. I also think that wanting to sue the school or the parents is a bit ridiculous. I also have elderly parents, but my kids don't see them. if that is a concern, you have the option to keep them home.
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cristianosham wrote: Received an email from the school board last night that there is a confirmed covid19 case in the school. There seems to be some bogus privacy policy that the school is using to harbor the student and parents name. I want to have an option to sue the school, or the parents if we "knock on wood" give covid19 to my parents which are elderly and have other medical conditions. What to do?
I missed this line when I first read the post.

It's one of the most ridiculous things I've read on RFD in recent memory.

You knew the risks when you sent the kids back to school -- (I have 3 kids in school).
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stack1 wrote: Same, although I didn't keep my kids home after a case was reported. The classes with the +ve child moved to online teaching I think, at least temporarily.

I don't see why the school should release the name though. I also think that wanting to sue the school or the parents is a bit ridiculous. I also have elderly parents, but my kids don't see them. if that is a concern, you have the option to keep them home.
A lot of kids have switched when the first 2 cases were known. I think this has helped with more social distancing in classes, 11 kids compared to 17 from first day. I'm surprised we didn't hear of more cases considering the first case was from kindergarten and mask isn't mandatory and kids that age don't usually social distance or wash hands etc. I know of the class because I know a parent who was affected but no clue which class was the second case. One parent I know told me that he's going to switch from online to in-person.
But to be honest, I think we'll hear of more cases at school sooner or later because of the spike we are having in Ottawa.
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ckay1980 wrote: If your kid was a direct contact (same class, same school bus, etc) of the kid who has covid then you would have received an email to tell you to get tested. Also it was a risk you were willing to take by sending your kid to school instead of doing online while knowing you or your kid would have contact with your parents. Best to social distance with your parents while your kid goes to school.

I also received an email like yours, in fact two emails as there were two cases at my kids school. I made them stay home for a few days then sent them back. No more new cases since, and this happened the first few weeks of September. We also don't visit the grandparents.
Here is the email I got Sunday evening. So it must been a week ago when the school board confirmed it.
Daycare takes my youngest temperature before he goes in but not here.

Objet : Cas confirmé de COVID-19 dans nos écoles

Madame,
Monsieur,

Un résultat positif à un test de COVID-19 a été déclaré dans nos écoles. Pour limiter la transmission, nous avons déjà communiqué avec la personne touchée. Elle demeurera à la maison et suivra les directives de la Direction de la santé publique.

Les informations étant confidentielles, nous ne pouvons vous transmettre plus de renseignements sur l’identité de la personne touchée. Toutefois, sachez que si vous n’avez pas reçu d’appel de la direction de l’école jusqu’à présent, c’est que votre enfant n’est pas considéré à risque par la DSP.

Les écoles demeurent ouvertes et continuent d’appliquer toutes les mesures nécessaires pour éviter une nouvelle propagation.

Nous vous invitons à être particulièrement vigilants concernant votre état de santé et celui de votre enfant. Si vous ou votre enfant présentez un ou plusieurs symptômes parmi ceux indiqués dans la liste ci-dessous, veuillez communiquer sans délai avec le 1 877 644-4545 afin d’évaluer la pertinence de prendre un rendez-vous pour un test de dépistage de la COVID-19. Je vous invite à consulter en ligne l’outil d’autoévaluation des symptômes de la COVID-19, à l’adresse :
https://www.quebec.ca/sante/problemes-d ... -covid-19/

Outil d’autoévaluation des symptômes de la COVID-19 | Gouvernement du Québec - Quebec
Remplissez le formulaire d'autoévaluation des symptômes de la COVID-19 . Si vous pensez avoir été exposé à la COVID-19 ou si vous présentez des symptômes s’apparentant à la COVID-19, vous êtes invité à remplir cette autoévaluation des symptômes de la COVID-19 pour obtenir une recommandation sur la marche à suivre, selon votre condition.
www.quebec.ca
, duquel sont tirés les symptômes à surveiller :
­ - Fièvre : température buccale de 38,1 °C (100,6 °F) ou plus
­ - Perte du goût et de l’odorat
­ - Toux (nouvelle ou aggravée)
­ - Essoufflement, difficulté à respirer
­ - Maux de ventre
­ - Vomissements
­ - Diarrhée
­ - Mal de gorge
­ - Congestion ou écoulement nasal
­ - Grande fatigue
­ - Perte importante de l’appétit
­ - Douleurs musculaires généralisées non liées à un effort physique

Soyez assurés que nous suivons la situation de près en collaboration avec les autorités régionales de la santé publique. Notre priorité demeure la santé des élèves et du personnel.

Merci de votre collaboration,


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Go ahead and sue if you want. You'll just waste a bunch of money on lawyers for nothing and will likely end up paying the other parties legal costs as well. If you truly were that concerned, you'd home school your child. Instead you accepted the risks and you continue to accept them by sending your child.
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If OP is in Quebec, don't they only have in person school (i.e. no virtual being offered)?
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cristianosham wrote: Received an email from the school board last night that there is a confirmed covid19 case in the school. There seems to be some bogus privacy policy that the school is using to harbor the student and parents name. I want to have an option to sue the school, or the parents if we "knock on wood" give covid19 to my parents which are elderly and have other medical conditions. What to do?
I can't speak to your province. In ours, if there is a case at the school, a general email is sent. Kids that have direct contact with the case will be notified once health services has been able to do contract tracing. They recently changed ours from a phone call to an email to make it quicker. For privacy, any medical information is not shared EVER in public.

You always have the option to sue, but what would you expect the result to be. You will have to prove negligence or a lack of duty of care, and then direct damages. Hypothetically speaking, you would have to prove the school knowingly allowed someone in the school with COVID, and did not follow your provincial health standards. IF you could prove that, then you child would have to have been infected while ensuring that your child was following health standards (mask and hygiene recommendations). THEN you would have to prove damages. Unless your child dies or has provable long term side effects (which right now no one knows for COVID). If your child infects the rest of the family, that wouldn't be on the school. They have no control over how you handle COVID with in your home. This would also apply if they infect the grand parents, that's not within control. That would be your control.

So you can choose to sue, but I think you are saying that as a response of this can be very frightening and you are looking to hold someone accountable.

In terms of 'what to do'. You monitor child and get your child tested asap (though you don't have to unless they have symptoms or through contact tracing). In the meantime, you can choose to reduce the risk to the rest of your family. That means you have everyone wear masks at home (this is when I would pull out the N95 masks). You try and limit close contact with the child, and can even isolate depending on the age, you clean well, and you stop seeing people for 10 days. We did this my spouse was in contact (but not 'close') with someone in his sport team. He had no symptoms, we were only notified that he played against the person with close contact but not for long periods. Spouse made an appt for testing, even though it wasn't required, monitored temperature several time a day, he was separated from the family in the basement (which has his office, bathroom, TV, living room), I just brought him food and coffee and left it at the door. He didn't leave the area, and if he did, it was with full masks. The rest of us monitored our symptoms (none), and reduced our exposure while waiting for his test result. So no visiting with grandparents or anything non essential.

I take a lot of precautions but accept that there is a risk of getting COVID especially with my kids in school. If you are unable to accept the risks, then choose the online option.
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The_Professor wrote: If OP is in Quebec, don't they only have in person school (i.e. no virtual being offered)?
I don't know the options in Quebec. Even if there is no on line public option, I believe most provinces allow you to home school, private school, or make smaller coherts (where you pay yourself). I can say it definitely sucks when there is a COVID case in the bubble that you are in even if you don't have direct contact, there is always that concern. That's what people are going to have to get used to and figure out how much risk they are willing to take. To want to sue the school or board is quite unreasonable.
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This post is about my experience in Ontario; however, I'm not aware of any data that shows COVID spreading differently in Quebec schools than it is in Ontario schools. If such data exists, I'd be curious to see it. We've been back for over 6 weeks and so far, schools have not shown to be places where superspreader events occur. The overwhelming majority of schools in Ontario with a case have 1 case, and, anecdotally, many of those with 2 cases are siblings living in the same household. My school had a case two weeks ago. About 60 students and half a dozen staff were sent home. We've had no new cases since. The privacy policy is not bogus and is consistent across the province. The wording regarding privacy that went home in the letter to my school community is identical to the wording in all other letters across the province. Simply put, nobody has the right to know anybody else's medical situation. If your child was exposed, you'll find out. If you don't hear from PH, your child wasn't exposed. The decision to pull your child after a positive case at the school is your own; however, I don't personally think that there are any reasons to do so.

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