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COVID-19 Advisories
COVID-19 Advisories

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

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


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.


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. 



There are no other advisories at this time.

 

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