Chippewas of the Thames school closed until Oct. 3 amid rise in COVID-19 cases on First Nation – Global News

September 22, 2022

Students attending Antler River Elementary School on Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (COTTFN), located just west of London, Ont., will have to wait until at least early October before they can return to the classroom as the community contends with an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Officials with the Chippewas of the Thames Board of Education confirmed in a social media post on Thursday that the school would be closed for at least six school days, with a planned reopening date of Oct. 3.

The closure comes in response to a recommendation from Chippewa Health Centre after the school saw a high number of student and staff absences on Wednesday due to illness, said the board of education’s director of lifelong learning, Joette Lefebvre, in a statement.

The school was forced to close on Wednesday as a result, and remained closed on Thursday, according to a post on the school’s Facebook page. A post late Wednesday morning called on parents and guardians to contact the Chippewa Health Centre if their child had tested positive for COVID-19 and was a student at the school.

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