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

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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.

When will the COVID-19 pandemic officially be over? It’s complicated, experts say In a separate post Wednesday on the Chippewas of the Thames Facebook page, officials noted that there had been an increase in positive COVID-19 cases within the community, and that all community gatherings and events would be cancelled until Sept.

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