School District 73 hosting online town hall on COVID-19 exposures

The Feb. 11 event will be streamed from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the district's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

With potential COVID-19 exposures continuing in Kamloops-Thompson school’s, a virtual town hall is set for Thursday, Feb. 11, to address any questions the community may have.

In attendance will be Interior Health’s Kamloops-based medical health officer Dr. Carol Fenton, school district superintendent Terry Sullivan and assistant superintendents Bill Hamblett and Trish Smillie.

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Sullivan said the district will be explaining the rationale behind its response to the virus and allow the public to ask questions.

The event will be streamed from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the district's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The Q&A component of the town hall will be based on questions emailed to before the event begins.

"I'm hopeful that simply by providing accurate information and data with respect to the virus and its impact on schools in the district, it will help lessen some of the anxiety on the part of parents," Sullivan said during Monday night's school board meeting.

The district currently has exposure notices listed for eight schools, including Sa-Hali secondary (Jan. 26 to Jan. 29), Westsyde secondary (Jan. 27 and Jan. 28), Arthur Stevenson elementary (Jan. 26), Twin Rivers Education Centre (Jan. 26 to Jan. 28), Valleyview secondary (Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, Feb. 1, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4), David Thompson elementary (Feb. 1 and Feb. 2), Juniper Ridge elementary (Feb. 2 and Feb. 3) and Lloyd George elementary (Feb. 3 and Feb. 4).

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