Three Catholic schools report more COVID-19 cases

W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School, Windsor.

The English Catholic school board in Windsor-Essex has added more classes to its growing roster of COVID-19 dismissals.

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board reported on Friday afternoon that one positive COVID-19 case was identified at W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School in Windsor, and another at Assumption High School in Windsor.

Two classes at Assumption were dismissed, and one class at Langlois.

Also, a second confirmed case was reported within a single classroom at St. Anne Catholic High School in Lakeshore, thus declaring an outbreak there.

Board spokesman Stephen Fields said these classes were told not to report to school on Monday, and continue learning from home until cleared by the local health unit to return. All three schools will be open as usual on Monday for all other classes.

Parents in the affected classes have already been notified and are urged to watch their children for symptoms. If they feel ill, parents should keep them home and contact their health care provider for further instructions.

Families throughout the district are asked to complete the COVID-19 self-screening every morning before sending their kids to school.

As of Friday evening, the WECDSB reported 20 active cases of COVID-19, with all except one involving a student. Thirteen school buildings are affected, but all remain open except St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Windsor.

At the English public board, two new cases were reported Friday. One involved a student at Ford City Public School in Windsor, the other a staff member at Essex District High School in Essex. There is a total of 12 active cases within that board. All buildings with the GECDSB will be open on Monday.