Walpole North elementary school opened Monday after a thorough disinfecting by Grand Erie custodians after a case of COVID-19 was confirmed by the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit.

“Understandably, for privacy reasons, the identity of this individual will not be disclosed,“ said Principal Randy Ongena in a letter to parents.

“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.”

The health unit has been in direct contact with students, staff and families who have been deemed close contacts to this COVID-19 case, and have been also asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

“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,” the letter noted.

“All Walpole North students and staff are asked to monitor their health. If symptoms consistent with COVID-19 develop, please contact your primary health care provider. Anyone concerned that they may have developed or been exposed to COVID-19 is encouraged to get tested.”

Walpole North staff will work with students and families to ensure learning continues for those who are self-isolating.

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.