Some classes to isolate after Weledeh Catholic School exposure

Last modified: September 5, 2021 at 9:14am

Some children at Yellowknife’s Weledeh Catholic School are being told to isolate for 10 days following possible exposure to Covid-19 earlier in the week.

In a letter to parents on Saturday evening, Yellowknife Catholic Schools said there had been “one or more confirmed cases of Covid-19 to which some students, teachers, and staff at Weledeh Catholic School may have been exposed.”

Three cases of Covid-19 were earlier identified at neighbouring St Pat’s high school, where an outbreak was declared on Friday.


Yellowknife Catholic Schools said on Saturday two classrooms at Weledeh had been closed by the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer. Children in those classes are being asked to isolate for 10 days. Their families have been contacted, the school district said.

Weledeh will remain open for all other students. “We will continue with in-person learning on Wednesday, September 8,” superintendent Simone Gessler wrote.

The territorial government is not providing daily updates on the NWT’s Covid-19 outbreak over the long weekend. However, on Sunday morning the territory made an exception to provide commentary from Dr Kami Kandola, the chief public health officer, on the cases at Weledeh.

“If your child was not in an affected classroom there is no requirement to isolate at this time,” Dr Kandola wrote.

“The use of masks in all school settings and other measures currently in place reduce the risk of transmission in schools.


“At present, there is no known transmission of Covid-19 at the school. In these instances transmission did not occur at the school so this situation is not classified as an outbreak.”