An entire class of students at a Markham elementary school is now self-isolating at home after a classmate tested positive for COVID-19.
According to York Regional District School Board, a student at Little Rouge Public School has tested positive for the virus and had been in class on September 10 during school hours.
“There are currently three schools listed as under surveillance, including Little Rouge school, with one positive student. All close contacts are contacted directly by Public Health,” a York Region Public Health spokesperson told Daily Hive.
This has led the student’s classmates to also self-isolate for 14 days in order to ensure the safety of the school community, according to the spokesperson.
As students head back to their classes, several cases have been reported in schools throughout the GTA including two in the Halton Region, and two in Peel.
To date, 10 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the area since school has started.
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“Keeping COVID-19 transmission low at the community level will be key to preventing the introduction of the virus into schools,” said YRPH.
“The primary goal is to make the return to school as safe as possible, balancing the risk of COVID-19 transmission with reducing other harms to the well-being of students, families and staff.”