The Greater Essex County District School Board has confirmed a case of COVID-19 at Honourable W.C. Kennedy Collegiate Institute in Windsor.
The case is listed on the COVID-19 report on the GECDSB website. The board will not say if the person is a student or staff member due to privacy reasons.
GECDSB public relations officer Scott Scantlebury said the board expected cases to occur, and are pleased with the way things have been handled “from a health and safety perspective so far.”
“I think a lot of the credit, most of the credit has to go to the work of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit who spent a great deal of time energy and effort in preparing organizations such as ours and other school boards in the area and other places people gather to be ready,” he said.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says they are following protocol in place when there is a school case. Scantlebury said once a case is confirmed, the health unit and principal will determine the direct and close contacts to figure out if there is an “at risk” situation.
“Unless they have been notified that they are a direct contact they won’t get any other direct notification,” he said.
From there, the entire school body is notified.
If an individual or cohort is required to isolate, he said the work missed is provided to them, similar to if a student were on an extended leave from school because of an illness, Scantlebury said.
The case at Kennedy is the second confirmed case linked to a GECDSB school.
The public board also reported a case board's at Kingsville District High School on Sept 20.
“We learn from every case in how to do things a little better,” Scantlebury said.
P.A.S.S (Public Alternative Secondary School) Mason Centre in west Windsor was listed as having one positive case on Sept. 22, but it was removed on Sept. 22 because the person had not visited the school.
There have been two other school cases in other local boards in September. Stella Maris Catholic Elementary School in Amherstburg and L’Essor high school in Tecumseh both had one confirmed case.
- With files from CTV Windsor's Chris Campbell