According to a release from the Limestone District School Board (LDSB), KFL&A Public Health has identified one positive, confirmed case of COVID-19 at LaSalle Intermediate and Secondary School as of Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.
“The person is isolating at home, and they are following directives from KFL&A Public Health. In the interests of maintaining privacy, the board will not identify the person that has received a positive COVID-19 test,” the board said in an email.
“Affected members of the school community have been notified. At this time, the school remains open.
According to the Board, 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 Board said in a statement.
“The school will clean and disinfect all areas 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.”
The Board has posted the date, school/site location, and number of positive confirmed cases on its website, in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines. The Board said it 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 schools and the community. As always, the health and safety of students, staff and the school community remain our priority,” the Board said.
To read the communication from KFL&A Public Health to the affected cohort, whom were all sent home early, click here.
To read the communication from KFL&A Public Health to the school community, click here.
LDSB will not be accepting interview requests or releasing any further information on this case.