KFL&A Public Health has notified the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) that a second student at Winston Churchill Public School tested positive for COVID-19 on March 15, 2021. The first student tested positive on March 13, 2021.
LDSB said in a release that, following further investigation, it has been determined that this second case poses no risk to students or staff. As such, the school board said, no further class cohorts will be required to isolate at this time and the school will remain open.
One class cohort and one bus cohort that were isolating are permitted to return to school Tuesday, March 16, 2021 provided they pass daily COVID-19 screening, said the school board, while one cohort related to the first positive case will remain in isolation at home and follow directives from Public Health.
According to the school board, instances when a positive case in a school poses no risk to the school include:
-The case is learning or teaching virtually and has not been in the school.
-The case was already isolating and not attending school because they were previously identified as a close contact of a case.
-The case was not present at the school when they were infectious.
“Because Variants of Concern (VOC) are now present in our community, and they have the ability to spread more easily than typical COVID-19 cases, a more aggressive isolation and contact tracing approach was taken given new developments in the investigation,” said LDSB in the release.
Affected members of the school community have been notified and at this time, the school remains open, said LDSB. The school and board say they continue to work with KFL&A Public Health to protect all members of the school community to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
“As always, the health and safety of students, staff and the school community remain our priority,” said LDSB. “Public health and the school board appreciate the understanding and patience of the school community, and their ongoing support of public health directives intended to keep everyone safe.”