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Positive COVID-19 case moves Ernestown Secondary School to virtual learning

Ernestown Secondary School. Photo by Cris Vilela.

A staff member at Ernestown Secondary School has tested positive for COVID-19, and the school will transition to virtual learning for the remainder of the week.

“Two classroom cohorts and several staff are considered ‘close contacts’ because of this exposure and there is a chance they could develop COVID-19,” Limestone District School Board (LDSB) said in a media release, dated Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. “Close contacts must follow instructions provided by KFL&A Public Health which may include isolating, testing and monitoring for symptoms.”

Given the scope of potential high-risk contacts related to this case, the school will transition to virtual learning for the remainder of Sept. 23 and Sept. 24, 2021, according to the release. All families are being asked to pick up their students as soon as possible from the main entrance at the school. Staff will remain on site until all students are safely picked up, the school board said.

According to LDSB, families will receive more information from their students’ classroom teachers or school administration regarding virtual learning. “Families should carefully read the directions provided in this KFL&A Public Health Notice to ESS School Community. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through this situation,” LDSB said.

“KFL&A Public Health and the school are taking all necessary steps to prevent further spread of the virus both in the school and the community,” the school board continued.

Cases in schools must be reported locally and provincially. In the interests of maintaining privacy, the board will not identify people that have received positive COVID-19 tests.

Visit the COVID-19 Confirmed Cases webpage for a list of current cases in LDSB. The total number of current active cases in the school board to seven. According to LDSB, cases are removed from the website once public health has deemed them resolved and the students can return to school.

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