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The Oxford School Voluntarily Closes After Students Test Positive

The Oxford School in Woodstock has voluntarily closed after two students tested positive for COVID-19.

WOODSTOCK - A private school in Woodstock has voluntarily closed after two students tested positive for COVID-19.

The Oxford School made the decision on Sunday night and they are working closely with Southwestern Public Health. In an email to Heart FM, the Manager of Communications for Southwestern Public Health Megan Cornwell says both students contracted the virus outside of the school.

"The Oxford School volunteered to close after two students tested positive for COVID-19. These cases were acquired outside of the school environment, but the school wanted to act with an abundance of caution to keep all staff and students safe. We’re working closely together and at this time, no further cases have been identified." 

The Oxford School is located on Highway 59 just north of Woodstock. It was founded in 199 and has 135 students. Head of School at the Oxford School Adam de Pencier says they were required to have students from two grades self-isolate, however they did not have to close the school. He explains why they made that decision.

"We have a small school community and we have a lot of siblings, about 45 percent of our students have siblings in other grades, so when you start to look at the degree of separation there, everybody is sort of almost related to somebody. So when we had two students from the same family in grades 5 and 8 come back with a positive test, for me it was a relatively easy decision."

de Pencier says the students were able to learn online and kids will be back in class starting tomorrow, with the exception of the Grade 5 and 8 students will still need to self-isolate for another week. You can listen to the full interview with de Pencier below:

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