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Extra layers of precaution

Second Semester Update
Posted on 12/15/2021
A normal four period day

We’re happy to report that after extensive consultations with both our coterminous school boards and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, we plan to return to a normal four-period schedule for our second semester, which begins on February 3, 2022. This should come as welcome news to our Catholic secondary school communities.


It is important to note that with this change in time-tabling, we will add some extra layers of precaution to help protect our students and staff as they continue learning in school. 


Since September 2021, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 within schools, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has directed all high-risk contacts exposed within the school setting to isolate for 10 days from exposure date regardless of immunization status. 


Starting semester two, the WECHU will change its case and contact management of asymptomatic fully vaccinated secondary students. This new procedure will change how cohorts will return to school after being dismissed following confirmation of a positive case of COVID-19 within a class. 


Please note that these plans may change depending on the spread of the Omicron variant and any new provincial guidelines that may result.


Here’s what the new guidelines will mean for second semester according to the WECHU:

  • All secondary students exposed to COVID-19 within a class and/or school setting will be dismissed from attending school.
  • Students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be directed by the health unit to immediately obtain a COVID-19 PCR test.
  • Students who are fully vaccinated, asymptomatic and receive a negative test result on their PCR test will be eligible to return to school for learning following their school’s procedure to be announced in January.
  • Students who are unvaccinated or symptomatic are required/directed to isolate at home for the full 10 days from the date of exposure, and follow the directions provided by the WECHU. 

Details of how students can provide verification of full vaccination and attest to a negative PCR test are still being finalized and will be communicated by your school’s administration in the new year. 


So we are strongly encouraging students who are not fully vaccinated with both doses to take advantage of this seven week window (Dec.16- Feb.3) to ensure that they will be able to return more quickly to in-person learning if they are part of a cohort that gets dismissed during the second semester.


In closing, we believe that these changes are the best way forward to ensure that our students and staff can get back to a normal secondary schedule beginning February 3, 2022.


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