COVID-19 case confirmed at Good Shepherd CES in Courtice

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Oct. 7, 2020

The following letter was sent to the Good Shepherd Catholic Elementary School Community, informing students, families and staff that an individual at the school received a positive test result for COVID-19.


Dear parents, guardians and staff,

We have been informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our school community.

As directed by Durham Region Health Department, we have dismissed the individuals who were known to have been in close-contact with the person who is ill during their infectious period. Those identified as close contacts will be contacted by the Durham Region Health Department and be provided further guidance. The individual who is ill is at home isolating and will return to school when they have recovered.

Staff and students who do not receive a call from the Health Department are deemed low risk and are being asked to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 at the current time.

Signs and symptoms include: fever, new onset of cough, worsening chronic cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell, chills, headaches, unexplained fatigue/muscle aches, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pink eye (conjunctivitis), runny nose/nasal congestion without other known cause. For more information about COVID-19, please visit

If staff or students develop one or more symptoms, immediately self-isolate, follow up with your healthcare provider and/or call Durham Health Connection Line (DHCL) at1-800-841-2729 and seek testing.

As always, please remember to inform us if your child will be absent from school.

We will continue to follow all health precautions at the school, including thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all areas; frequent and proper handwashing by everyone in the building; wearing masks; maintaining physical distancing to the fullest extent possible, and following any other steps directed by the health unit.

We will continue to let families know about any further developments. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.  

Stay well.  


Frank Bradica