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Grade 12 student tests positive for COVID-19 in second confirmed HS case

Cameron Spurr
Grade 12 graduation will take place at Central Hall Westminster with extra COVID-19 regulations and will be available to watch over livestream. Grade 12 students may only invite two guests and will be seated on the ground floor rather than the stage.

A Grade 12 student has tested positive for COVID-19 Oct. 1, bringing the cumulative number of tests at the school to eight, Head of School Robin Appleby confirmed with The Standard.

As a result, 25 students and three faculty members are self-isolating.

This is the second case in the High School, but the first within the student body. 

Appleby said that after following track and trace protocols, the school has determined the Grade 12 case is not connected to any previous cases, including the High School teacher who tested positive Sept. 25.


The student has not been on campus since Sept. 29.

Appleby said that the three faculty members in self-isolation will Zoom into their classes for the next two weeks. An adult proctor will be present in the room with students until the faculty members return.  

Additionally, Appleby said that while the school does have the authority to isolate certain grade levels, an entire campus shutdown would require government approval. 

“If we were to decide that the High School needed to all stay home for two weeks, I wouldn’t get any pushback,” she said. “If I were to decide that we were going to close down the campus indefinitely for the remainder of the year … we’d have to talk to the government about that.”

According to GOV.UK, the U.K. has now reached a seven-day case average of 6,259. However, Appleby said no new advice has come from the Department of Education, from whom the administration receives a daily update.

Appleby said that despite the situation, she is still optimistic.

“We made it through five weeks with eight cases,” she said. “That’s pretty good.” 

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Cameron Spurr
Cameron Spurr, Editor-in-Chief
Cameron Spurr (’22) is the Editor-in-Chief of The Standard. He joined staff in Grade 9 as a staff writer and became News Editor: Print the following year. In Grade 11, Spurr was the Lead News Editor. He found a passion for journalism early in high school, and always strives to be a quality source of information for his readers.
Sal Cerrell
Sal Cerrell, Co Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online
Though born in Seattle, Sal Cerrell (’21) has lived in London for nearly a decade. He predominantly write about politics and global affairs for the opinion section. In his free time, he enjoys reading the newspaper and running. This is his third year working on the Standard, and his first as an editor.

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