Over the weekend of October 17-18, administrators at Oxford-on-Rideau Public School were made aware that a person at the school had tested positive for COVID-19.
Although this information came over the weekend, school staff were able to work with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit to provide the necessary information for the health unit to do its investigation. Staff and parents/guardians received notification on Saturday, October 17 about the level of risk, guidance and next steps to take.
“We are very fortunate to have such dedicated and professional school staff when we get information like this,” says Marsha McNair, Acting Superintendent of Schools and School Operations. “The safety of our students and staff remains a priority for us. We take our lead from public health in all aspects involving case management, communication updates and site support, knowing that each situation that any school encounters will be unique.”
“We were able to quickly work with the school and identify anyone who was a close contact to the person, and therefore high risk,” confirmed Dr. Paula Stewart, Chief Medical Officer of Health with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit. “This is a good reminder to continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community”
Public health has indicated that there was no need to make any changes to the school schedule or routines. Parents and staff are encouraged to continue with daily health screening using the provincial screening tool and to practice good hand hygiene.