A fifth individual at Beckwith Public School has tested positive for COVID-19. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has determined the individual was not at the school while infectious and therefore the case poses no risk to staff or students.
Due to the evolving situation within the school and community, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit made the decision on Friday, March 12, that a school closure is a necessary precautionary measure at this time to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
The closure of Beckwith Public School will be re-assessed by public health on March 22, and they will determine at that time when students will be able to return to in-person learning.
Testing for COVID-19 is not recommended unless you are experiencing symptoms or have been directed to get tested by public health. If symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate, contact the health unit and get tested at a local assessment centre.
The health unit and the school board do not release details about a COVID-19 case in a school directly to the public. You can find more information about COVID-19 cases in our schools on our COVID-19 Advisory Information page, or on the Government of Ontario website.
Schools report confirmed COVID-19 cases to the provincial government and it is tracked on the provincial website. It can take up to 24 to 48 hours for the information to be posted, based on the timing of reporting.