Three Toronto school staff members walk out after rise in COVID-19 cases

Dec 3 2020, 8:19 pm

Three staff members at a Toronto school walked off the job on Thursday morning after asymptomatic COVID-19 testings reported a number of cases among students and staff.

The voluntary COVID-19 test on asymptomatic individuals at Thorncliffe Park Public School found 18 students and one staff member testing positive for the virus, according to a letter sent to parents on Sunday.

The TDSB advisory page on the virus reported that as of December 3, 24 students and two teachers have confirmed testing positive.

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“Three of 30 staff members at the school have begun the work refusal process and are not inside the school,” said a spokesperson for TDSB.

“In the meantime, their classes are covered by other non-core staff in the school and we are working with the Ministry of Labour and the specific staff to address concerns.”

In the letter, Principal Jeff Crane also stated that the positivity rate in the school is about 4% in comparison to the Thorncliffe Park community, which stands at 16%.

“This means that there is currently a higher percentage of people who test positive for COVID-19 in the community compared to in this school setting. As a result, TPH does not believe it is necessary to close the school at this time,” said Crane on Sunday.

The school remains open at this time despite the recent cases.

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