COVID 19 Advisory Page

COVID 19 Advisory Page
Parents, students and staff have an understandable interest in knowing when a positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in their school.

In alignment with the Ministry of Education Guidelines, this page is NPSC's COVID-19 advisory page. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 that involves a student or a staff member in a school setting, NPSC will post this information below, along with any notice of closures of classes, cohorts or schools.  If the Health Unit orders that a class, cohort or school should be closed for a period of time, parents/guardians, students and staff will be notified.

School                   Active Cases* Resolved Cases** Outbreak Status*** Class, Cohort or School Closure

*Active Cases: Cases are those that have received a positive COVID-19 test who are a student or staff member of a school in the NPSC and still have the possibility of being infectious.

**Resolved Cases: The person is no longer considered infectious, as per direction from the Health Unit and the Ministry of Health clearance criteria.

***Outbreak: An outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).

Visit Ontario's website to learn about COVID-19 Cases in Ontario Schools and Child Care Centres in our province.

What would happen in the event of a positive case?
In the event of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, NPSC will be notified by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) that a member of a specific school community has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Health Unit is responsible for determining if an outbreak exists, declaring an outbreak, providing direction on outbreak control measures to be implemented, and determining when the outbreak is declared over. The Health Unit will assist in determining which cohort(s) may be sent home or if a partial or full school closure is required based on the scope of the outbreak. Please note there may be variability in scenarios based on local context. 

The Health Unit will conduct contact tracing and reach out to every individual who may have been in contact with the individual who tested positive. This includes contact tracing for points of contact in the classroom, school, bus, before and after school programs, etc. NPSC will work closely with the Health Unit to provide key information about staff and students that is needed for contact tracing (e.g., attendance records, class list and seating charts, up to date contact information for parents, staff and students, etc.) We strongly encourage all families  contacted by the Health Unit, including those who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19, to follow the directions provided by our local health authorities.

If you are presenting symptoms of Covid-19, please self-isolate, use the self-assessment tool created by the Ontario government and follow the instructions provided.

If you are instructed to seek testing for COVID-19, please visit an assessment centre closest to you. If you need further assistance, call your health care provider or the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, you should call 911 and mention your symptoms.

You can find more information on Schools and COVID-19 on the Health Unit website.

NPSC, and all of our employees are prohibited from sharing any additional details that may identify an individual who tests positive for COVID-19.