Barrie Catholic school closes classroom following positive COVID-19 test

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Oct. 2, 2020.

A Barrie Catholic elementary school is the latest to close a classroom after someone tested positive for COVID-19.

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School principal Rich Foshay sent a letter to parents Oct. 1 explaining the situation, without revealing if the infected person is a student or teacher.

Foshay told parents the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit will determine who may be at risk and “ensure that school staff, families and students are provided with the appropriate information.”

Foshay said he will send a voice message and email, on behalf of the health unit, to all individuals that need to take further steps as a result of this positive case.

“If you do not receive a voice message and email directly, then your child is not part of the affected cohort,” his letter states.

St. Catherine of Siena, located on Summerset Drive, is the sixth Simcoe Catholic elementary school to close at least one classroom due to a positive COVID case.

“We all must work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a school community, we will pray for all those impacted by this virus and continue to demonstrate compassion and respect for one another as we navigate this situation,” Foshay said.

The school will advise the health unit of any person who came in contact with the infected person, including in before and after-school care and on a school bus.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all areas in the school where the person may have been has already taken place and will continue to be a priority, Foshay said.

Visit the www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or contact Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or (toll free) 1-877-721-7520 ext. 5830 for more health-related information. Visit www.smcdsb.on.ca for details about the school reopening plan.

Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance