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Lo-Ellen student tests positive for COVID-19, two classes dismissed until Nov. 4

The school remains open for in-person learning
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Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School. (File)

A student at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School has tested positive for COVID-19, says the Rainbow District School Board.

A letter about the case — the first at a school in Greater Sudbury — was sent to parents and guardians of students at the school by Rainbow board director of education Norm Blaseg Oct. 22, and was posted to the school’s website early Friday morning. 

(Read the full letter here).

The board said the student who tested positive is currently self-isolating and is being monitored by Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

There have been several new COVID-19 cases reported in Greater Sudbury this week, including four Thursday evening.

The school remains open for in-person learning, but two Lo-Ellen classes have been dismissed effective immediately, up to and including Nov. 4. All affected students and parents/guardians were notified.

Public Health is directly contacting all parents/guardians of students and all school personnel who have been identified as close contacts.

Blaseg said in his letter that in general, if your child is dismissed from school because of this COVID case, but you are not contacted directly by Public Health, your child must self-isolate immediately to and including Nov. 4.

The child must also seek COVID-19 testing as soon as possible.  

If your child is not dismissed from school as part of the case, the school board says they should simply continue to follow COVID-19 precautions set out by the Rainbow board and province.

“Simply passing an infected person in the hallway is not considered close contact, and the risk of spreading the virus is extremely low,” said Blaseg, in his letter.