UPDATE (Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2021): KFL&A Public Health declared an outbreak at Land O’Lakes Public School on Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2021, after a student at the school also tested positive for COVID-19.
A staff member at Land O’Lakes Public School has tested positive for COVID-19. KFL&A Public Health identified the case on Monday, Mar. 15, 2021, and the staff member is isolating at home.
According to a release from the Limestone District School Board (LDSB), 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, according to the release. Not all students or staff will be affected by a positive case.
The school board said 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 the interests of maintaining privacy, the board will not identify the person that has received a positive COVID-19 test.
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, LDSB said.
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 said they 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.