Confirmation of 17 cases of COVID at Cobourg Collegiate Institute
“We have been notified of 6 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our school, for a total of 17 confirmed cases. One possible case is still waiting for confirmation. The individuals will remain at home until the Health Unit advises they may return to school. The identity of these individuals is protected by privacy legislation and cannot be shared.
Anyone identified as a close contact of these cases has already been contacted with a separate notice from public health and instructed to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their last exposure.
As a result of the investigation by the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit, the HKPR District Health Unit declared an outbreak at Cobourg Collegiate Institute on April 9, 2021.
The term ‘outbreak’ is used provincially by public health units when they believe there is evidence that at least one person could have reasonably acquired their infection within the school.”
communication from the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board to parents and students at CCI
Ontario Government Decision to return to remote learning
Continued Rise in COVID-19 Cases Demands Shift to Protect Students and Staff
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has made the difficult decision to move elementary and secondary schools to remote learning following the April break. This move has been made in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants, and the massive spike in hospital admissions.
Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
“We are seeing a rapidly deteriorating situation with a record number of COVID cases and hospital admissions threatening to overwhelm our health care system,” said Premier Ford. “As I have always said we will do whatever it takes to ensure everyone stays safe. By keeping kids home longer after spring break we will limit community transmission, take pressure off our hospitals and allow more time to roll out our COVID-19 vaccine plan.”
Ontario Government info
KPR Explanation for families regards Government decision
Today, the provincial government announced elementary and secondary students will return to virtual learning following the April Break. Therefore, KPR elementary and secondary students will pivot to online learning only when classes resume April 19. Schools will remain closed to in-person learning.
The government also stated it will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 to determine when students will be able to return to in-person learning safely. Families will be informed once a safe return date is set for in-person learning.
Students currently in KPR’s Virtual Elementary School and Virtual High School will continue learning online, as usual, when classes resume virtually April 19. Learning and Life Skills (LLS) students (elementary and secondary) will be engaged in face-to-face learning at their home school with their teachers and support staff as of Monday, April 19.
Daycare centres will remain open, but before- and after-school programs will close as long as schools are closed to in-person learning.
Should the Ministry of Education announce further details, we will share them with students, families and staff as soon as we are able. In the meantime, both elementary and secondary students should prepare for an online-only return to classes April 19.
Online learning will follow the same model used when schools in Ontario were closed to in-person learning in January. Teachers will once again use their regular communication platforms, such as Edsby, Google Classroom or D2L, in working with students.