Friday, March 5, 2021

Walpole Island school closing, business travel suspended due to COVID-19

Walpole Island First Nation’s elementary school is closing for two weeks following March break, due to concerns with COVID-19. Business travel for staff and Walpole Island Council has also been halted, officials say.

“In an effort to be proactive regarding the evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, the Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig Elementary School will be closed for two weeks following March break, to reopen April 6,” said James Jenkins, director of operations for Walpole Island, in a letter published on social media.

“As a further precaution, Council has suspended all business travel for staff and Council at this time, in an effort to be proactive and limit exposure to our most vulnerable populations.”

Jenkins said administration will continue to monitor the evolving situation and steps taken by neighbouring communities.

“We will update the community with any additional program and service closures, but none are currently planned at this time,” Jenkins said.

“We will continue to monitor risk and take information and advice from the World Health Organization, Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and Lambton Public Health.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday. Details, here.

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