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Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School closed until Nov. 23rd due to COVID-19

Last Updated on November 10, 2020 by YGK News Staff

The Algonquin and Lakeshore District School Board has announced that the school will remain closed until November 23rd.

In a statement, the board said “To ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and greater school community the Board has decided to extend this re-assignment and transition to temporary Remote Learning until Friday, November 20, 2020.”

Three new positive cases of COVID-19 were been confirmed at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School on Sunday. “KFL&A Public Health has notified us that there are three new positive COVID-19 cases in our school,” Principal Stacey Porter-Eves said in an email to parents.

The Algonquin and Lakeshore District School Board have said that this has not been declared an outbreak by Public Health due to the contact scenario which three cohorts have been impacted. If a outbreak is declared, the health unit will be responsible for declaring the outbreak, providing direction on how to control the outbreak and declaring when the outbreak is over.

In Ontario, an outbreak may be declared “when there are two or more laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases in student, staff or other visitors with an epidemiological link (same class or cohort),” or, “at least one case could have been infected in the school.”

As a result of the three new cases, all students and staff at the school have been reassigned to online learning. “The implication of this scenario have made it necessary to temporarily reassign all staff and students to home for Monday, Nov 9th and Tuesday, Nov. 10 to allow for more time to reorganize and replace impacted staff,” the statement said.

“I recognize this is not an ideal scenario for many families; however please remember that the health, safety and wellness of out school community is our first priority,” Porter-Eves said to the school community.

Parents were first made aware of the positive cases via email at 10am on November 8th. It is not clear whether the individuals were students or staff at this time.

Please check back for more updates.

An email from Porter-Eves and Desantis confirming the positive cases.

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