Schools in the district will be allowed to open during the state of emergency that starts tomorrow. At the same time, the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is working closely with the health unit to carry out targeted testing, if needed.
"If they're looking at our attendance data, and if they're seeing suspicious spikes in schools of absenteeism, then they can set up testing to identify COVID-19 early," said director of education Sherri-Lynne Pharand, during her update to trustees last night.
Targeted testing units could be set up in school gyms, as health unit staff look to track the spread of COVID-19. Pharand noted in-person learning was suspended in the Fort Frances area over the weekend, in response to concerns about the rising number of cases in Rainy River District. School board staff note cases of the coronavirus will get into the schools, if community transmission rates get too high.
The province is also asking:
- students in Grade 1 to Grade 3 to start wearing a mask
- parents and students to use an enhanced screening tool, before going to class
- schools and students to be prepared for the switch to virtual learning with 24 hours notice
- school board staff should work from home, if they possible
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