COVID-19 case reported at École Jean-Paul II in Val Caron

According to a letter posted on the school board’s website on Monday, the individual who tested positive is currently self-isolating and being monitored by Public Health Sudbury and Districts.

The Grade 7A class has been dismissed effective immediately up until and including March 24.

Mind you, all schools in the Sudbury area are dismissed right now as the region has been placed in the grey-lockdown category to limit the spread of the virus.

“All COVID-19 cases and contacts are currently being investigated and managed as per the enhanced provincial guidelines for the more transmissible variants of concern,” said the letter.

“Public Health continues to investigate the situation and if any risks to the school community are identified, they may direct additional measures. The situation will be monitored closely, and we will provide timely updates on the Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon website.”

All parents of children and all school personnel who have been identified as close contacts of the confirmed case will be notified by the health unit.

If your child is dismissed from school but you are not contacted directly by the health unit, your child must self-isolate immediately until and including March 21.

Seek COVID-19 testing for your child between March 17 and 19. If your child is symptomatic or becomes symptomatic at any time, you should seek testing as soon as possible, the health unit said.

Even if the child receives a negative test result, they must remain home and self-isolate until and including March 24.

For the duration of the isolation period, everyone else in the household is required to stay home except for essential reasons. Essential reasons include attending work, school, or childcare; essential errands such as groceries; attending medical appointments; or picking up prescriptions.

If the child displays even one symptom of COVID-19, everyone in the household is required to self-isolate until the child receives a negative test result or is provided an alternative diagnosis by a health-care professional.

Call 705-522-9200, ext. 524, if anyone develops symptoms for additional direction.

The isolating individual must self-isolate away from other household members. Note that if the isolating individual is young and/or cannot isolate apart from other household members, one identified parent or caregiver must also isolate with the individual away from household members.

All isolation dates are subject to change based on the ongoing public health investigation.

If your child was not dismissed from school as part of this case, remember that simply passing by an infected person in the hallway is not considered close contact, and the risk of spreading the virus this way is extremely low.

Continue to use provided COVID-19 screening tools and monitor your child for symptoms.

“It is understandable that this situation may make caregivers anxious, and some will choose to keep their child at home as a precaution,” said the letter.

“Please advise the school of you choose to do this so that we may make arrangements for continued learning when possible.”

Questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 should be directed to Public Health Sudbury and Districts. Visit or call 705-522-9200 ext. 524.

For more information specific to the case and the school’s response to the situation, call the school principal.
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