A Toronto high school closes until January due to a COVID-19 outbreak after a spike in cases has been reported among students.
In a letter sent to parents, acquired by Daily Hive, Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute, 135 Overlea Boulevard, will be closed starting Wednesday to allow more time for Toronto Public Health to continue their investigation.
“As a result, the school will be closed to students and staff starting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 9 up to and including Friday, December 18, 2020,” read the letter.
Important Update: @TOPublicHealth has advised that, based on the current situation at Marc Garneau CI, all students & staff will be dismissed beginning tomorrow up to & including Friday, December 18 to allow TPH time to finish investigation & conduct additional COVID-19 testing.
— Toronto District School Board (@tdsb) December 9, 2020
Due to the winter break, the expected return date for students and staff will be January 4, 2021.
The TDSB’s COVID-19 advisory page currently reports that there are 14 active cases in the school.
“Students and staff in the affected cohorts have already been told to self-isolate by Toronto Public Heatlh (TPH). TPH recommends that all other students and staff self-monitor closesly for signs and symptoms of COVID-19,” said TPH.
Another school in the nearby area, Thorncliffe Park Public School, had also closed as 29 students and two staff members have reported testing positive for the virus.
Marc Garneau CI was scheduled to begin its school-wide COVID-19 testing this Thursday.