GNS senior and primary schools are closed early for March break due to as a member of the school is awaiting results of a COVID-19 test. (Oak Bay News file photo)

Greater Victoria school closes campuses due to potential COVID-19 case

As of Tuesday, both campuses are closed early for spring break

The Glenlyon Norfolk School in Victoria has taken a precautionary measure to close both campuses and all events due to the exposure of someone to Covid-19.

Black Press Media obtained an email sent to parents and members of the GNS community late Monday night explaining the decision, signed by head of school Glenn Zederayko.

The decision is based on one member of the school that traveled recently and then spent time in class this week but is ill, and with symptoms that have not been ruled out as COVID-19.

As of Monday B.C. had 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death, an elderly resident in home care.

A spokesperson for the school said there is no additional information at the moment but that more will be released later, though they would not say when.

tweet

The email read: “This evening, we learned that a member of the GNS community who has been in the school for a significant period of time this past week is ill and, based on their travel history, has been advised by their physician to self-quarantine at home, to await the results of a COVID-19 test. While their doctor advises that the risk is limited, we have made the difficult decision to close the school early for spring break beginning Tuesday, March 10 out of an abundance of caution.”

READ MORE: Freeland asks provinces, territories for COVID-19 readiness plans amid 78 virus cases

For now, the school is treating it as an early closure for spring break.

The email further explains a need to maintain “a sense of calm for our students, staff and the larger community.”

“We will be deep cleaning both campuses over March break with an intensive treatment and plan to resume classes as scheduled following spring break on Tuesday, March 31,” said the email.

The closure applies to all sporting events, special events, field trips, and clubs for the remainder of the week at both campuses.

reporter@oakbaynews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

sd61

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

Infamous Arrowview Hotel is gone, opening up a new view in Port Alberni

Derelict hotel has had a dubious history in the past few years, from fire to demolition delays

No more ferries will sail from Departure Bay, Mill Bay, Brentwood Bay during COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. Ferries announces major changes to sailing schedules for 60 days starting Saturday, April 4

Alberni stores lend a hand to Girl Guides by selling cookies

Local store owners come forward to sell cookies when in-person sales halted over COVID-19

City of Port Alberni answers questions about COVID-19

Radio show will feature Mayor Sharie Minions and Dr. Paul Hasselback

‘Hold our line’: 29 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C.

Saturday’s number of new cases marks the lowest in weeks.

An ongoing updated list of Alberni Valley events affected by COVID-19

Has your event been cancelled or postponed? Check here

Two inmates found positive for COVID-19 at federal prison in B.C.; other tests pending

15 staff self-isolating waiting results, refusal to work notice sent, says correctional officer

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

Saanich mayor receives his foster bees through pollinator rental program

‘I feel like I’m an adoptive father,’ Fred Haynes says of his rented mason bee colony

Nanaimo’s Harmac mill works to fill doubled pulp order for medical masks and gowns

Mill’s president says extra cleaning in place and workers are social distancing

Two people fined after B.C. police spot online ads re-selling 5,000 surgical, N95 masks

Police confiscated the masks, being sold at inflated prices, and now working with Fraser Health

Most Read