Update: False positive —Potential COVID-19 case at Polson Park Public School under investigation

École Polson Park Public School.

Update February 26, 2021:

The Limestone District School Board (LDSB) has released an update to the potential COVID-19 case at École Polson Park Public School.

According to the school board, further investigation has confirmed that the potential positive case of COVID-19 identified at Polson Park Public School was a false positive.

“This does happen occasionally, and public health’s response will always be to exercise an abundance of caution to protect the health of the community,” LDSB said in the update. “The dismissed cohort will return to school March 1, 2021 provided they pass the daily screening process and no one in their household has symptoms. We understand that this has been disruptive for the families and staff involved and the board and KFL&A Public Health appreciates their diligence in following public health direction.”

Original Article:

A potential positive case of COVID-19 in a student at École Polson Park Public School is being investigated by KFL&A Public Health.

According to a release from the Limestone District School Board (LDSB), dated Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, KFL&A Public Health has directed the dismissal and self-isolation of a cohort out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting the school community. 

The school board says KFL&A Public Health is reaching out to students and staff who may have been in close contact with the person being investigated. Not all students or staff will be affected by the potential positive case.

Families within the affected cohort and the larger school community have been notified by LDSB. 

According to the release, the board continues to work closely with KFL&A Public Health to ensure that necessary steps are taken to prevent further spread of the virus both in the school and the community.

Cases in schools must be reported locally and provincially. The school board says they are sharing this information to ensure everyone has accurate information. No further information will be released to maintain privacy.

Families are encouraged to continue to monitor and screen students daily for symptoms of COVID-19 as most cases of COVID-19 are acquired in the home setting. LDSB asks everyone to please continue to follow all public health guidelines which include maintaining physical distance, wearing face coverings, and cleaning hands frequently.

View the KFL&A Public Health Notice to School Community.

Please visit the COVID-19 Confirmed Cases webpage for a list of current cases within the Limestone District School Board.

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