Waterloo Public Health said it is requesting the closure of a Kitchener school due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Beginning Wednesday, Bless Sacrament Catholic Elementary School on The Country Way near Bleams Road will be closed for in-person instruction for at least 10 days.
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“We are taking important and necessary steps to protect children, staff, and the school community from exposure to the COVID-19 virus,” said paramedic Dr Julie Emili. know in a statement.
“We will be closing a school for the first time since returning to classrooms this fall due to concerns about the potential for the virus to spread rapidly and widely.”
There are 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the school that have resulted in multiple layoffs, public health said.
The agency also recommends rapid antigen testing as part of its return to school plan and said it will work with school officials to distribute testing kits to families.
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Global News has reached out to the Waterloo Catholic School District Board of Directors for comment.
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Schools closed just two days before the area began giving Pfizer vaccines to children aged 5 to 11 years old.
The region’s Immunization Task Force is hoping to have needles in all age groups by Christmas.
—With files from Global News ‘Kevin Nielsen
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