First Positive Case of COVID-19 in LDSB

Limestone Learning Foundation
First Positive Case of COVID-19 in LDSB
Posted on 10/03/2020
Image of confirmed cases graphic featuring test tubeDear Limestone Families,

I am writing to share with you that KFL&A Public Health has identified the first positive, confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Limestone District School Board.

This news is not unexpected, and I recognize that receiving this information may be stressful. I have chosen to share this will all families across our district to be transparent, and to ensure you understand what happens next in the event a case is later detected at your student’s school. If or when they arise, there will not be a general district-wide letter for future cases.

When a positive confirmed case of COVID-19 is detected, KFL&A Public Health will work with the affected school to identify cohorts of students, staff and others who may have been in close contact with the COVID-19 positive person at school, and/or during school transportation (if applicable). Not all students or staff will be affected by a positive case. A positive case at a school does not mean the individual was exposed to COVID-19 at the school. They may have been exposed somewhere else in the community or outside of the KFL&A region.

In accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines, the board will post the date, school/site location, and number of positive confirmed cases on the board website. A link to confirmed cases is also posted on all school websites. The board will follow the KFL&A Public Health COVID-19 School Protocols and directions of KFL&A Public Health who has the responsibility to manage confirmed cases of COVID-19, including what happens if an outbreak is declared. If KFL&A Public Health advises the board that a class, cohort, or school should be closed for a period of time, families, students and staff will be notified. In the interests of maintaining privacy, the board will not identify the person(s) that has received a positive COVID-19 test.

KFL&A Public Health, the school and board will take all necessary steps to prevent further spread of the virus both in the school and the community.

I urge you to continue to be vigilant. Everyone has a responsibility to complete the daily self-screening of COVID-19 symptoms, follow public health guidelines, and stay home when sick. By working together, we can keep community cases to a minimum, and keep our schools open for the important role they provide to students and families.

Keep well.

Krishna Burra
Director of Education

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.