Class, bus cohort dismissed from St. James School in Windsor

St. James Catholic Elementary School, Windsor. Photo courtesy St. James Catholic Elementary School/Facebook.

The local English Catholic school board has announced the dismissal of a class and a bus cohort due to a positive case of COVID-19.

With one confirmed case involving a student, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has directed one class and one bus cohort to be dismissed from St. James Catholic Elementary School in west Windsor.

According to Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board spokesman Stephen Fields, the board was notified of the case Tuesday afternoon and the affected students were directed not to report to class Wednesday.

“We have been working with the health unit by providing lists of students and staff who may have been directly affected,” said Fields. “The health unit will contact any individuals, both students and staff, who may have been affected, and will give directions for them to follow.”

The health unit will notify students in the affected groups when they can return to school.

Tuesday’s confirmed case brings the active number in the WECDSB to 14, spanning a total of seven elementary schools and all involving students. All buildings are open for classes as usual.

Meanwhile, the Greater Essex County District School Board announced five new cases on its website Tuesday. Three of them are students, with two at Leamington DSS and one at Giles Campus French Immersion in Windsor. The other two are staff members, one apiece at Essex Public School in Essex, and Walkerville Collegiate in Windsor.

Another four cases were confirmed on Sunday at Marlborough Public School in Windsor.

The public board does not provide information on the number of classes dismissed. Currently, there are 25 active student cases and five among staff. All GECDSB buildings are also open Wednesday for in-person learning.