UPDATE: Closure extended at Windsor Catholic school

St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School, Windsor. (Image captured via Google Maps)

A COVID-19-related closure will go on for a little longer at a Windsor elementary school.

Acting on the advice of the local health unit, the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has extended the closure of St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary to at least Wednesday, December 1. Students were due to return to in-person learning on Monday.

Board spokesman Stephen Fields said students will continue to learn from home.

“We have informed the school community about the tentative reopening date via voice messaging and email, and let them know that this decision was made in collaboration with the health unit in the best interests of the health and safety of our students and staff,” said Fields in an email to WindsorNewsToday.ca.

Students were sent home last week after an increase of positive COVID-19 tests at the school. As of Friday afternoon, the board reported six active cases at St. Gabriel involving students, plus two for staff.

St. Gabriel is one of two Windsor-Essex schools closed due to an outbreak of the virus. The other is St. Joseph Catholic Elementary in River Canard, which is closed until further notice and currently has five active student cases.

The WECDSB also announced Friday afternoon that it had sent a total of eight more classes home from four schools, plus three bus cohorts. Four of those classes were dismissed from Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School in Leamington after four cases were reported there.

One class and one bus cohort apiece were dismissed from St. Anne French Immersion Elementary in Windsor, St. John Vianney Catholic Elementary in Windsor,  Holy Name Catholic Elementary in Essex, and Stella Maris Catholic Elementary in Amherstburg.