61 students dismissed at W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School due to confirmed cases of COVID-19

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The local health unit dismissed 61 students from three cohorts from W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School after receiving notice of three confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to a Saturday news release. (Sanjay Maru/CBC - image credit)
The local health unit dismissed 61 students from three cohorts from W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School after receiving notice of three confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to a Saturday news release. (Sanjay Maru/CBC - image credit)

A total of 61 students from three cohorts from W.J. Langlois Catholic Elementary School have been dismissed by the local health unit after receiving notice of three confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to a Saturday news release.

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board (WECDSB) said it learned of the confirmed cases on Saturday and informed the affected students that they are not to return to school on Monday.

"We have been working with the health unit by providing lists of students and staff who may have been directly affected. The health unit is contacting any individuals, both students and staff, who may have been affected, and will give directions for them to follow," the statement reads.

A voice message was sent to the school community informing parents that those who have not been contacted by the health unit have "not been identified as close contacts and their children may continue attending school as usual. Follow-up letters will be sent home with students."

The whole school was previously dismissed due to an outbreak late last year.

The school board urges parents to continue monitoring their children for symptoms of COVID-19 each morning and to keep them at home and call their health care provider for further direction if they are sick.

"We want to assure parents that we are cooperating with the health unit and doing everything we can to make sure that we continue to provide safe and healthy learning environments for their children," the statement reads.

More information can be found on the school board's websiite.