COVID-19 cluster identified

Interior Health has notified School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) that a cluster of COVID-19 cases has been identified at Ranchero Elementary School.

Out of abundance of precaution IH is recommending that students and staff in the class affected self isolate and/or self monitor for symptoms. Fully vaccinated staff can continue to attend school if asymptomatic. Students and not fully vaccinated staff in above classroom will be asked to self isolate at home for 10 days since the last exposure (December 10) followed by four days of monitoring for symptoms.

When there is an exposure, Interior Health will directly notify confirmed close contacts of the positive case with further instructions, including if they should self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms of illness. If you are contacted by Interior Health, or receive a self-isolation/self-monitor letter, it is imperative that you follow their direction carefully. The most important thing for students and families to remember is that students who have any symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and get tested.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever/chills, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and smell. Most people experience only mild disease.A small number of people may experience a more moderate to severe illness requiring hospitalization.

COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It may also be spread by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

The Board of Education of School District No. 83 is committed to ensuring all of our students, staff and schools are safe. Please use all the layers of protection available to you.