A member of the Walpole North Elementary School community has tested positive for COVID-19.
Principal Randy Ongena notified parents, students and staff of the test result on Sunday night, saying school officials were told by the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit.
“Understandably, for privacy reasons, the identity of this individual will not be disclosed,” Ongena said. “This individual has been directed by the health unit to self-isolate for 14 days, along with any siblings or family members who reside in the same household.”
It’s not known if the person testing positive is a student.
“For privacy reasons, I can’t say,” Kimberly Newhouse, manager of communications and community relations, for the Grand Erie District School Board, said in an email on Sunday night.
Walpole North is located near Hagersville.
Close contacts of the individual have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
“A close contact includes any students or staff in this individual’s class, but may also include others. Students and staff were identified through contact tracing as we provided the health unit with our class lists and seating charts as well as information related to transportation and any other special assignments,” Ongena said.
The school was disinfected and it was open for classes on Monday.
“The individual who tested positive as well as all close contacts must complete their isolation period and be able to pass the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool before returning to school,” Ongena said.