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COVID-19 Advisories
COVID-19 Advisories

KPDSB COVID-19 Advisories for the 2020-2021 school year

There is currently ONE active advisory for the Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora (see information below). 

As per the requirements of the Ministry of Education, the COVID-19 Advisory page is available on our Board website as well as all KPDSB school websites.  

We will post information on this page if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 that involves a student or a staff member in a school setting.  If public health advises that a class, cohort or school should be closed for a period of time, parents/guardians, students and staff will be notified immediately.  

Please note - In the interests of privacy, the information provided to school communities will not identify the student or staff member that has received a positive COVID-19 test.


Active Advisories:

February 28, 2021 - Positive Case of COVID-19 at Beaver Brae Secondary School 

We have received notification of a student that has tested positive for COVID-19 and the Northwestern Health Unit has directed us to close two classrooms in the school effective today (Sunday, February 28, 2021). The positive case is being followed up with by the Northwestern Health Unit and all contacts of the case are being called today and given instructions by public health.

We are working with NWHU to make sure all potential risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, those families who have not been contacted directly by public health or our staff the afternoon of February 28, 2021, are deemed to be at no additional risk and can continue to attend school as usual.

For reasons of privacy, we will minimize sharing personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

All students and staff should use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.


Previous Advisories:

February 19, 2021 - Positive Case of COVID-19 at Beaver Brae Secondary School 

UPDATE - One classroom at BBSS has now been closed to further minimize any risk.

We have received notification of a staff member at Beaver Brae Secondary School that has tested positive for COVID-19.  All contacts of the case are being called and given instructions by public health. We are working with NWHU to make sure all potential risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, those staff and students not contacted by public health are deemed to be at no additional risk and can continue to attend school as usual.

All students and staff should continue to use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.  As a reminder for families, should your child(ren) develop any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19, you should not send them to school and should contact the local assessment centre to make arrangements for testing.

UPDATE - February 26, 2021 - The Northwestern Health Unit has notified us that Beaver Brae's closed class can now reopen as of Monday, March 1, 2021.  Families are asked to please continue to use the self-assessment each morning before sending their child to school.


February 18, 2021 - Positive Case of COVID-19 at New Prospect Public School - NO SCHOOL EXPOSURE

We have received notification of a student at New Prospect Public School that has tested positive for COVID-19.  At this time, the Northwestern Health Unit has determined that there was no exposure to students or staff in the school and as a result, there are no classroom closures or additional steps required.

All students and staff should continue to use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.  As a reminder for families, should your child(ren) develop any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19, you should not send them to school and should contact the local assessment centre to make arrangements for testing.


February 17, 2021 - Positive Case of COVID-19 at Dryden High School - NO SCHOOL EXPOSURE

We have received notification of an additional student at Dryden High School that has tested positive for COVID-19.  At this time, the Northwestern Health Unit has determined that there was no exposure to students or staff in the school and as a result, there are no classroom closures or additional steps required.

All students and staff should continue to use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.  As a reminder for families, should your child(ren) develop any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19, you should not send them to school and should contact the local assessment centre to make arrangements for testing.


February 12, 2021 - Positive Case of COVID-19 at Dryden High School - NO SCHOOL EXPOSURE

We have received notification of a student at Dryden High School that has tested positive for COVID-19.  At this time, the Northwestern Health Unit has determined that there was no exposure to students or staff in the school and as a result, there are no classroom closures or additional steps required.

All students and staff should continue to use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.  As a reminder for families, should your child(ren) develop any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19, you should not send them to school and should contact the local assessment centre to make arrangements for testing.


January 28, 2021 - Notification of Positive Case of COVID-19 at King George VI Public School in Kenora

We have received notification of a COVID-19 exposure impacting King George School and are working closely with Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) on next steps. The positive case is being followed up with by Northwestern Health Unit and all contacts of the case are being called and given instructions by public health. We are working with NWHU to make sure all potential risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, those staff and students not contacted by public health are deemed to be at no additional risk and can continue to attend school as usual.

For reasons of privacy, we will minimize sharing personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

All students and staff should use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.

UPDATE - February 8, 2021 - The Northwestern Health Unit has notified us that all students and staff impacted by the positive case can now return to school as of Tuesday, February 9, 2021, unless told otherwise by public health.  Families are asked to please continue to use the self-assessment each morning before sending their child to school.


January 24, 2021 - Notification of Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 at Dryden High School, Two Classes Closed

We have received notification of a risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Dryden High School. The Northwestern Health Unit has directed the school to close two classes starting on Monday, January 25, 2021. All other classes remain open.

Families of students in the closed classrooms have been notified directly and all other students can continue to attend school as usual.

All students and staff should use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.

UPDATE - February 4, 2021 - The Northwestern Health Unit has notified us that DHS's closed classrooms can now reopen as of Friday, February 5, 2021.  Families are asked to please continue to use the self-assessment each morning before sending their child to school.


December 8, 2020 - Notification of Positive Student Case at Keewatin Public School - NO SCHOOL EXPOSURE

We have been made aware of a student of Keewatin Public School that has tested positive for COVID-19.  We have been in contact with the Northwestern Health Unit and have been advised that there was no exposure to students or staff in the school and there is no risk to the school community.  There are no classroom closures required and students can continue to attend school.

For reasons of privacy, we will minimize sharing personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

All students and staff should use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.  As a reminder for families, should your child(ren) develop any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19, you should not send them to school and should contact the local assessment centre to make arrangements for testing.


December 6, 2020 - Notification of Positive Staff Case at Keewatin Public School - NO SCHOOL EXPOSURE

We have received notification of a staff member that has tested positive for COVID-19 that is connected to Keewatin Public School.  We have been in contact with the Northwestern Health Unit and have been advised that their investigation has determined there was no exposure to students or staff in the school and there is no risk to the school community as a result of the positive case.  There are no classroom closures required and students can continue to attend school.

For reasons of privacy, we will minimize sharing personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

All students and staff should use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.  As a reminder for families, should your child(ren) develop any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19, you should not send them to school and should contact the local assessment centre to make arrangements for testing.


November 26, 2020 - King George VI Public School - Update to November 25 Advisory

Through public health’s ongoing investigation and further to the November 25 Advisory, we have been notified by the Northwestern Health Unit that their investigation has now determined that there may have been classroom exposure around the confirmed case at King George VI Public School.  As a result, one of the classrooms at the school has been closed to further minimize any risk.  

We are working with the NWHU to make sure all potential risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, those staff and students not contacted by public health or by us directly are asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and can continue to attend school as usual. 

UPDATE - December 4, 2020 - The Northwestern Health Unit has notified us that our classroom that was closed on November 26, can now reopen as of Monday, December 7, 2020.  Families are asked to please continue to use the self-assessment each morning before sending their child to school.  

November 25, 2020 - Notification of Positive Cases in Kenora - NO SCHOOL EXPOSURE

We have received notification of a student that has tested positive for COVID-19 that attends Beaver Brae Secondary School, as well as a student that has tested positive that attends King George VI Public School.  We are working closely with the Northwestern Health Unit and at this time, their investigation is indicating that there was no exposure to students or staff in our school.  As a result, there are no classroom closures required and students can continue to attend school. 

For reasons of privacy, we will minimize sharing personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

All students and staff should use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.  As a reminder for families, should your child(ren) develop any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19, you should not send them to school and should contact the local assessment centre to make arrangements for testing.


November 16, 2020 - Notification of a Positive Case of COVID-19 at Open Roads Public School in Dryden

We have received notification of a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Open Roads Public School in Dryden and are working closely with Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) on next steps. The positive case is being followed up with by the Northwestern Health Unit and all contacts of the case are being called and given instructions by public health.  We are working with NWHU to make sure all potential risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, those staff and students not contacted by public health are asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and can continue to attend school as usual.

For reasons of privacy, we will minimize sharing personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

All students and staff should use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.

UPDATE - November 26, 2020The Northwestern Health Unit has notified us that our classroom that was closed on November 16, can now reopen as of Friday, November 27, 2020.  Families are asked to please continue to use the self-assessment each morning before sending their child to school.  


October 1, 2020 - Notification of COVID-19 Exposure Impacting Valleyview Public School

We have received notification of two COVID-19 exposures impacting Valleyview Public School in Kenora and are working closely with Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) on next steps. The positive cases are being followed up with by Northwestern Health Unit and all close contacts of the cases are being called and given instructions by public health. The class(es)/cohort(s) impacted have been closed.  We are working with NWHU to make sure all potential risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, those staff and students not contacted by public health or our staff are deemed to be at no additional risk and can continue to attend school as usual.

For reasons of privacy, we will minimize sharing personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

All students and staff should use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.

UPDATE - October 5, 2020The investigation is ongoing and there are no new confirmed cases at this time and no additional classrooms have been closed. Cases and close contacts have been advised to self-isolate by public health. 

The Northwestern Health Unit announced today (Monday, October 5, 2020) that they have classified the two confirmed cases of COVID-19 that were announced on October 1 at Valleyview as an outbreak.  The situation is being classified as an outbreak because it meets the ministry’s definition which says that an outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school setting. While the NWHU has indicated it is too early in the investigation to confirm transmission in the school, because the investigation cannot determine at this time that transmission didn't happen at school, it is being declared an outbreak.   

Valleyview Public School remains open to students who have NOT been identified as close contacts by public health and told to self-isolate (close contacts will have been contacted by the NWHU directly).  The NWHU has indicated to us that the risk is no greater now than it was when the positive cases were first announced.

For reasons of privacy, we minimize sharing personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

Anyone who gets tested must self-isolate until they get their test results, even if they begin to feel better. You can still spread COVID-19 when you don’t have symptoms.  It is extremely important that all students and school staff use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.

UPDATE - October 9, 2020 - The Northwestern Health Unit has notified us that all of the classes at Valleyview Public School that were closed on October 1, 2020, are able to reopen on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.  Families are advised to please continue to use the online school screening tool before sending students to school each day.  If your child develops symptoms over the weekend, send an email to covidcontact@nwhu.on.ca and a public health nurse will advise you on next steps.

UPDATE - October 20, 2020 - The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Valleyview Public School over. There were no additional positive COVID-19 cases within the school and all contacts of positive cases are now out of isolation. We would like to thank all of the students, staff, and parents/guardians for their patience, understanding, and for following public health advice throughout this time.

Our strong infection prevention and control measures at the school helped to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to practice personal preventive measures at home – this includes: staying 2 metres away from anyone not in your household, washing your hands regularly, staying home when you are unwell, and wearing a mask when in enclosed public spaces. Please remember to screen your student daily before sending them to school.

Thank you again for your commitment as we work together to keep our students safe.


September 18, 2020 - Notification of COVID-19 Exposure Impacting Golden Learning Centre

We have received notification of COVID-19 exposure impacting Golden Learning Centre in Balmertown and are working closely with Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) on next steps. The positive case is being followed up with by Northwestern Health Unit and all contacts of the case are being called and given instructions by public health. The class(es)/cohort(s) impacted has been closed.  We are working with NWHU to make sure all potential risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, those staff and students not contacted by public health are deemed to be at no additional risk and can continue to attend school as usual.

For reasons of privacy, we will minimize sharing personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.

All students and staff should use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.

UPDATE - September 20, 2020 - In collaboration with the Northwestern Health Unit, and out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily closing additional classrooms at Golden Learning Centre that have a number of students with symptoms such as a runny nose and cough. Please note that there have been no additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the school community, these steps are being taken as a precaution only.  Families impacted by these additional classroom closures have been contacted directly.  Children in these classrooms should follow public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19 including physical distancing especially from those that are not within their household or social bubble of 10 people. All children should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and if symptoms develop, seek testing.

UPDATE - September 22, 2020 - The Northwestern Health Unit has notified us that the additional classrooms at GLC that were closed on September 20, 2020, as a precaution are no longer closed and those students can return to school on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, unless they have been directed otherwise by public health.  Families are asked to please continue to use the online school screening tool before sending students to school each day. 


 

COVID-19 ADVISORY FOR BEAVER BRAE SECONDARY SCHOOL IN KENORA
 
To view this advisory on our COVID-19 Advisory Page, please follow this link - http://www.kpdsb.on.ca/pages/view/covid-19-advisories
 
We have received notification of a student that has tested positive for COVID-19 and the Northwestern Health Unit has directed us to close two classrooms in our school effective today (Sunday, February 28, 2021). The positive case is being followed up with by the Northwestern Health Unit and all contacts of the case are being called today and given instructions by public health.
 
We are working with NWHU to make sure all potential risks are minimized. Due to our COVID-19 prevention strategies in place, those families who have not been contacted directly by public health or our staff this afternoon are deemed to be at no additional risk and can continue to attend school as usual.
 
As a reminder for families, the province of Ontario has updated guidance to ask that household members of people with symptoms of COVID-19 and household members of contacts of people with COVID-19 also stay home. Common symptoms include fever, cough, change in smell or taste, and difficulty breathing. If your child develops any symptoms, contact your health care provider or the NWHU for further guidance. If your child develops symptoms, all members of the household must also stay home.
 
For reasons of privacy, we will minimize sharing personal information about any case and encourage others to avoid identifying individuals.
 
All students and staff should use the Government of Ontario’s school screening tool daily before attending school.
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