Interior Health examines low attendance at Penticton Elementary School – Penticton Western News


Uplands Elementary School in Penticton. (Google Image)

Interior Health examines low attendance at Penticton Elementary School

School District 67 is also reviewing whether action is needed at Uplands Elementary School.

According to popular Facebook group BC School COVID trackers, Uplands Elementary has reached an attendance threshold that School District 67 and Interior Health are currently reviewing.

A letter was sent home to caregivers in Uplands which read: ‘Based on review of attendance patterns, we reached a threshold last week which means SD67 and health officials are involved in monitoring school attendance to determine if further action is needed. ”

Next steps could include a temporary school closure and the letter promised to let parents know if further action is needed.

The school district then asked parents to continue to contact the school office when a child is absent and advise whether they should be marked excused sick or absent for another reason.

Schools do not require parents and guardians to disclose if a student is absent due to COVID-19.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Jan. 7 that British Columbia will no longer track COVID exposures at school and will not make them public due to the rapid spread of Omicron. Instead, districts would monitor staff and student attendance levels, she said.

The BC School COVID Trackers Facebook group said it continues to post information about COVID outbreaks in BC schools and daycares if it has documented evidence.



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