Thursday night, the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board announced three cases of COVID-19 affecting two schools across the district.
King George VI School reported one case of COVID-19 amoung the student population, there was deemed to be no school exposure, so classes remained open. Two classrooms were closed after two students tested positive for COVID-19 at Open Roads School which resulted in the two cohorts being sent home.
vention measures include:
- Students and staff completing the COVID self-assessment prior to arriving at the school;
- Entrance and exit procedures to try to keep kids in their cohorts when arriving and leaving;
- Signs are posted in the schools to remind students to stay six-feet apart;
- Staff and students in grade 1 through grade 12 wear masks, which is optional for kindergarten students;
- Eye protection for staff that need to come within two feet of children;
- Frequent hand washing reminders;
- Students are kept in their cohort both in and outside the building; and
- Wearing masks outside if two-metres distance can't be maintained.
"The cases have been contracted in the community and we haven't had spread within schools. The protocols we have in place are working. Even when the health unit dismisses a class it's out of an abundance of caution in order to watch for symptoms" Pharand added.
School community members are reminded to take the government of Ontario's COVID-19 self-assessment tool, daily, before attending the school.
Last month the province introduced new COVID-19 guidelines that require staff and students, that have at least one symptom of COVID-19, to stay home and self-isolate along with everyone in their household.