Three classes added to Catholic board dismissal list

Cardinal Carter Secondary School in Leamington, March 8, 2017. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has added more groups to those sent home because of positive COVID-19 cases.

The board announced Tuesday evening that it had been ordered by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to dismiss one class from St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary in Windsor. A single class was also dismissed from St. John Vianney Catholic Elementary in Windsor and Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School in Leamington.

The number of students affected in each class was not given. Board spokesman Stephen Fields said their parents were told not to send their kids to school Wednesday.

“A voice message to the entire school community was sent home this evening to inform them about the situation, and to notify the parents of those students who were dismissed that they should not send their children back to school until they have received further direction from the health unit,” said Fields.

If students feel ill or show COVID-19 symptoms, parents should keep children home and contact their health care provider for further instructions.

As of Tuesday night, the number of positive cases in the English Catholic board was 14, plus one staff member. The number of classes affected is now at 19.

Meanwhile, at the Greater Essex County District School Board, one new student case was reported Tuesday at Lakeshore Discovery School to bring that board’s total case count to nine. The English public board does not report on the number of students dismissed.

While the total number of students sent home has not been made public, health unit CEO Nicole Dupuis said Tuesday morning that over 600 students were dismissed since school began last week, not including daycare centres.