Student tests positive for coronavirus at St. Lucie West Centennial High School

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The transition program has been running for the past two weeks at Pope John Paul II and E.Q. Kennings schools and Massalin said she is very impressed with how the students are taking to the new protocols, including wearing a face covering.

School then must notify parents and the public of the new case but will be granted flexibility in how to do so while protecting the privacy of students, teachers and other staff who contract COVID-19. When parents discuss the return-to-school procedures that will be in place with their child, Pawluk suggests they be honest and encouraging, rather than simply reassuring.

Just over a week to go before the start of school, as local school boards work down to the wire to prepare for a safe start to September.

Parents are being warned about hoax messages claiming pupils will be tested for coronavirus in school, and taken into quarantine if positive.

Addressing parent concerns about communication from the school board and the timing of this change of plans, LaBerge said that like all school boards in the province, they are dealing with this "unprecedented" return to school.

Teachers, who already found themselves overworked and underpaid prior the pandemic, have been trying to create a semblance of normalcy for their students. "We anticipate that they will feel more comfortable if they can learn about these details in smaller groups", says director of education for the board, Dr. Lisa Walsh.

"Clearly, education will be an area where there is a risk of outbreaks", Huyer said, adding that prevention was a major focus of the government's efforts. How many kids are going to get sick? The school now has three staff members and 51 students quarantined. The student or staff member will not be identified online. "We will be looking to try to understand what the barriers are".

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The full-remote schedule will last at least until October 5, according to Savage.

The Limestone board made masks mandatory for younger students on Wednesday. Sliwa says the new model has flexibility that families want and will allow the school district to better manage staffing needs. - A student at St. Lucie West Centennial High School tested positive for the coronavirus, school officials said Friday.

For HDSB elementary students who choose to attend school in-person, HDSB plans to have them come to school in advance to become familiar with the new health and safety protocols, possibly on Thursday, Sept. 10, and Friday, Sept. 11. Teachers and support staff will deliver instruction within the classroom and will rotate from class to class to limit student movement. Students will not be sent home on school transportation.

"Compared to other places, schools and early learning services are not environments where we have seen significant spread of Covid-19".

The school board said students will be contact the week prior with information on their remote learning schedule.

Editor's note: This article was updated at 5:20 p.m. on August 26, 2020 to include comments from a government news conference, critical reaction, and other details.

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