Toronto school to temporarily close after COVID-19 outbreak declared

Dec 4 2020, 7:12 am

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a Toronto school. After voluntary asymptomatic testing reported over 20 cases among staff and students, it has been ordered to close.

Toronto Public Health has advised Thorncliffe Park Public School to close to investigate the current 26 positive cases at the school and to continue with more voluntary COVID-19 testing, according to a letter sent home to parents.

“As a result, based on this advice, students and staff will not be permitted to enter the building until at least that time. We will share more information once we have a date for students and staff to return to school.”

On November 29, the Toronto District School Board reported 19 positive cases and asked 14 classes to self-isolate after the first initial rounds of the testing revealed positive cases.

This news prompted three staff members to walk off the job on Thursday morning after more than two dozen cases were reported.

The TDSB advisory page says that as of December 3, 24 students and two staff members have confirmed testing positive.

Thorncliffe Park P.S is expected to reopen on December 10.

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