Update (Friday, Mars 12, 2021):
Limestone District School Board (LDSB) released a further statement on Friday, Mar. 12, 2021, stating that KFL&A Public Health has determined that there is no further risk to cohorts dismissed on March 11, 2021 from Marysville PS, Vanier or Polson Park PS.
“These cohorts are not at risk because of this exposure, and students in these cohorts are no longer required to self-isolate. These students may return to school on Monday, March 15, 2021 provided they pass daily COVID-19 screening,” LDSB said in the release.
There are no positive cases at Marysville PS, Vanier or Polson Park PS related to this VOC case and the schools remain open.
Affected cohorts at Sir John A. Macdonald Public School and Winston Churchill Public School will continue to isolate until further notice, LDSB said.
Because VOCs could spread more easily than typical COVID-19 cases, more proactive isolation and contact tracing measures are being taken if a VOC is suspected in a school environment, the board said.
We will update this article as more information becomes available.
Seven classes at five schools in the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) have been dismissed as a precaution following the identification of a contact of a positive COVID-19 case that is known to have a Variant of Concern, or VOC.
KFL&A Public Health ordered the dismissal of some classes at Marysville Public School, Module Vanier, Polson Park Public School, Sir John A. Macdonald Public School and Winston Churchill Public School on March 11, 2021, according to a release from LDSB on the same date. Affected cohorts will remain at home in isolation until further investigation is completed by public health.
Because VOCs could spread more easily than typical COVID-19 cases, more proactive isolation and contact tracing measures are being taken if a VOC is suspected in a school environment, the school board said in the release.
KFL&A Public Health and the school board are taking all necessary steps to prevent further spread of the virus both in schools and the community.
Affected cohorts and the larger school communities were notified of the situation yesterday evening. Students not identified as an affected cohort may continue going to school if they pass the daily COVID-19 screening.
Everyone is reminded to continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and screen your student daily as most cases of COVID-19 are acquired in the home setting.