Four classes dismissed at Windsor-Essex Catholic schools

St. John Vianney Catholic School in Windsor, August 25 2014. Photo by Adelle Loiselle.)

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board sent students home from three schools Tuesday due to positive COVID-19 cases.

The board said that two cohorts were dismissed at St. John Vianney Elementary School in Windsor after two cases were confirmed there. One cohort each was sent home from St. Gabriel Elementary in Windsor, and Catholic Central High School, due to a case reported at each building.

“We learned of the confirmed cases today and informed the affected students this afternoon that they are not to return to school [Wednesday],” said board spokesman Stephen Fields in an email to Blackburn News.

Parents of students in the affected classes have been notified, and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is in the process of contacting any potential close contacts. Students who have not heard from the health unit may attend school Wednesday as usual.

Families are urged to monitor their children for any COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home if they feel sick.

As of Tuesday evening, the WECDSB reported 19 cases of the virus among 16 of its buildings. No outbreaks have been declared and each school remains open.

Meanwhile, at the Greater Essex County District School Board, there are 16 active cases. Three were reported Tuesday, at Massey and Riverside Secondary Schools in Windsor, and at Lakeshore Discovery School.

At the French Catholic board, CSC Providence, there are four active cases, three in Windsor-Essex and one in Chatham-Kent.

The French public board, CS Viamonde, has one active staff case in Windsor, at École élémentaire de Lamothe-Cadillac.