At the end of last week, the Région-de-Sherbrooke school service centre announced that École du Coeur-Immaculé would be closed Monday and Tuesday because of COVID-19 outbreaks affecting almost every grade of the elementary school.
Following the recommendation of public health, the service centre and the administration, the school made the decision to reopen Wednesday, Sept. 22, with the exception of eight groups which will remain in isolation.
L’école du Cœur-Immaculé added nine more cases of COVID-19 among the students yesterday. As of 10 a.m. Monday, the school was reporting 42 cases in 18 of the 34 groups in the school. All grades are affected at the school, with eight classes experiencing an outbreak. Students in isolation will receive remote educational services from their teachers.
Approximately 600 students and school staff have been tested since the outbreak began. It is possible that other groups of students at the school will be removed as a result of the upcoming screening results.
Staff and parents of students were informed of the situation by email yesterday afternoon.
The service centre is assuring parents of students and staff members that the school is completely safe, and additional measures will be added and constant vigilance will be exercised when students return to school this Wednesday. Student lunches will be held in the classroom and simultaneous room sharing between class groups will be avoided. The school will also return dedicated areas for specific groups on the school grounds. During physical education class, students will be asked to wear masks indoors, distance will be maintained between them and outdoor periods will be favoured.