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COVID-19 Advisories
COVID-19 Advisories

KPDSB COVID-19 ADVISORIES FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

On December 30, 2021, the Ontario Government announced updates to testing and isolation guidelines in response to Omicron.  The announcement also included changes to reporting requirements for school boards.  This page will be updated soon.


PREVIOUS ADVISORIES FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR:

December 21, 2021 - COVID-19 EXPOSURE AT EVERGREEN PUBLIC SCHOOL

We have been notified of COVID-19 exposures impacting Evergreen Public School and are working with NWHU to make sure all risks are minimized. Families of students at Evergreen are asked to check their email for more information as notifications are made by email only.

For reasons of privacy, we will not share personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.


December 21, 2021 - COVID-19 EXPOSURE AT RED LAKE DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL

We have been notified of COVID-19 exposure impacting Red Lake District High School and are working with NWHU to make sure all risks are minimized. Families of students at Red Lake DHS are asked to check their email for more information as notifications are made by email only.

For reasons of privacy, we will not share personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.


December 16, 2021 - COVID-19 EXPOSURES AT NEW PROSPECT PUBLIC SCHOOL (DRYDEN)

We have been notified of COVID-19 exposures impacting New Prospect Public School. As a result, two classes will be closed tomorrow (Friday, December 17).  We are working with NWHU to make sure all risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, staff and students who are not contacted directly by our staff tonight (December 16) are deemed to be at no additional risk and can continue to attend school as usual.

For reasons of privacy, we will not share personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

All students and staff should use the Covid-19 school and child care screening tool daily before attending school. 


NOVEMBER 20, 2021 - COVID-19 EXPOSURE AT VALLEYVIEW PUBLIC SCHOOL (KENORA)

UPDATE - DECEMBER 6, 2021 - Under the direction of the Northwestern Health Unit, we are pleased to share that the classroom outbreak at Valleyview Public School that was announced on November 24, 2021, has ended.

UPDATE - NOVEMBER 29, 2021 - Under the direction of the Northwestern Health Unit, we are pleased to share that we are able to reopen our closed class at Valleyview Public School for Tuesday, November 30, 2021.  All students and staff impacted by the class closures can return to school on Tuesday unless they have been told otherwise by public health.  The classroom outbreak designation will remain in place until otherwise notified.

UPDATE - NOVEMBER 24, 2021 - We have been notified by the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) that further investigation has found that spread of COVID-19 within the closed classroom at our school cannot be ruled out, therefore the situation will now be classified as a classroom outbreak.  An outbreak is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school setting.  The NWHU has already contacted all impacted students and staff and the classroom was closed on November 20. Our school remains open. Students and staff not contacted by the NWHU who pass the daily screen can continue to attend school.

UPDATE - NOVEMBER 23, 2021  - We have been notified of an additional COVID-19 exposure at Valleyview Public School impacting the closed classroom.  At this time, the NWHU investigation has determined the additional exposure has plausible and likely sources outside of the school and the exposures are not considered to be a school outbreak. The Northwestern Health Unit reminds families that the most common risk of COVID-19 in our area has always been, and continues to be, contact with people in private homes.  The NWHU recommends continuing to practice physical distancing when getting together with people outside of your household and masking when distancing is not possible.

ORIGINAL ADVISORY - NOVEMBER 20, 2021:

We have had notification of COVID-19 exposure impacting Valleyview Public School and are working closely with Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) on next steps. At this time, one classroom in the school will move to virtual learning to allow time for contact tracing.  Families in the closed classroom were be contacted by our staff this afternoon. 

The positive case is being followed up with by NWHU and all contacts will be called and given instructions by public health.  Through this process, NWHU may advise us to close additional classrooms if there is risk identified. 

We are working with NWHU to make sure all risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, staff and students who were not contacted today by our staff are deemed to be at no additional risk and can continue to attend school as usual.

For reasons of privacy, we will not share personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

All students and staff should use the Covid-19 school and child care screening tool daily before attending school. 

All COVID-19 Advisories for our schools are posted to our website at http://www.kpdsb.on.ca/pages/view/covid-19-advisories  as per Ministry requirements.

 


NOVEMBER 20, 2021 - COVID-19 EXPOSURE AT SIOUX NARROWS PUBLIC SCHOOL

UPDATE - NOVEMBER 28, 2021 - Under the direction of the Northwestern Health Unit, we are pleased to share that we are able to reopen our closed class at Sioux Narrows Public School for Monday, November 29, 2021.  All students and staff impacted by the class closures can return to school on Monday unless they have been told otherwise by public health.

We have had notification of COVID-19 exposure impacting Sioux Narrows Public School and are working closely with Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) on next steps. At this time, one classroom in the school will move to virtual learning to allow time for contact tracing.  Families in the closed classroom were be contacted by our staff this afternoon. 

The positive case is being followed up with by NWHU and all contacts will be called and given instructions by public health.  Through this process, NWHU may advise us to close additional classrooms if there is risk identified. 

We are working with NWHU to make sure all risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, staff and students who were not contacted today by our staff are deemed to be at no additional risk and can continue to attend school as usual.

For reasons of privacy, we will not share personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

All students and staff should use the Covid-19 school and child care screening tool daily before attending school. 

All COVID-19 Advisories for our schools are posted to our website at http://www.kpdsb.on.ca/pages/view/covid-19-advisories  as per Ministry requirements.


To view an archive of advisories from the 2020-2021 school year, please click here.

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