Novel Coronavirus Updates

Novel Coronavirus Updates
Posted on 03/25/2020
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All Kenora Catholic Schools Will be CLOSED until the end of June

On May 19, the government announced that all Ontario schools will remain closed until the end of the 2019 - 2020 School Year to protect the health and safety of students and families. 

Please click here to read Premier's News Release

We are committed to working with our public health partners to keep students safe.  We will provide more details to you as information becomes available. Please continue to check this website, the Kenora Catholic District School Board Facebook site and emails for updates from us. 

Please click on this link to find a listing of events and meetings that have been cancelled or postponed due to the school closures. This is a dynamic listing that we will be updating, so please check back regularly. 

Ministry of Education's Learn at Home Portal
The Province of Ontario launched a new online tool to help students continue learning while schools are closed.

The Learn at Home website is now live. Click here to learn more.

Ontario's Support for Families
The Ministry of Education is providing financial support for parents to assist with the costs of education resources during school and child care closures as a result of Ontario's declared emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19. Click to learn more about Support for Families. 

Information about COVID-19
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19), formally known as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause of an outbreak, originating from Wuhan, China.

The outbreak of the virus has been evolving rapidly; however, most cases are in China with cases reported in other impacted areas, including Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.

The health and well-being of our students and staff remain our highest priority. The Kenora Catholic District School Board takes direction from the Northwestern Health Unit, as well as the Ministry of Education, who are working closely with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and local health care providers to monitor this situation and take action as appropriate. As new information is released to school communities from the Northwestern Health Unit, we will share that information with you and post it on this website.

The following information is from the Ministry of Ontario’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website.

What is the Coronavirus
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.  

Symptoms and Treatment
Symptoms range from mild – like the flue and other common respiratory infections to severe, and can include:

• Fever
• Cough
• Difficulty breathing

The risk of severe disease may be higher in the elderly and in people with weakened immune systems.

How to Protect Yourself
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus.

There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illness. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
• Avoid contact with people who are sick
• Stay home if you are sick.

More Information
Additional information about the COVID-19 is available from the following websites:

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