Positive COVID-19 case at elementary school

Limestone Learning Foundation
Positive COVID-19 case at elementary school
Posted on 10/03/2020
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KFL&A Public Health has identified a positive, confirmed case of COVID-19 at École Sir John A. Macdonald Public School.

The person is isolating at home, and is following directives from KFL&A Public Health. In the interests of maintaining privacy, the board will not identify the person(s) that has received a positive COVID-19 test.

Affected members of the school community have been notified. At this time, the school remains open.

The school and board are working with KFL&A Public Health 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.

The school will clean and disinfect all areas in the school where the individual may have been, and will work with KFL&A Public Health to develop a plan to protect all members of the school community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines, the board has posted the date, school/site location, and number of positive confirmed cases on its website. The board will continue to follow the 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.

KFL&A Public Health, the school and board are taking all necessary steps to prevent further spread of the virus both in the school and the community. As always, the health and safety of students, staff and the school community remain our priority.

“The school and board will offer support to people who test positive for COVID-19, and other individuals who may be affected, or are at risk,” says Director of Education Krishna Burra. “I urge everyone to continue to be vigilant: to complete the daily self-screening of COVID-19 symptoms, follow public health guidelines, and stay home if you are 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.”

Please visit the COVID-19 School Reopening webpage for more information.

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