Scarborough school to temporarily close amid coronavirus outbreak

Sep 28 2020, 1:24 pm

The Toronto District School Board says Toronto Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Mason Road Junior Public School in Scarborough.

According to the TDSB, the outbreak at the school, located at 78 Mason Road, has been ordered to close until Friday.

On the board’s COVID-19 website, the TDSB has shared that the cases were found among one of their students and three from staff.

As a result, the school will be closed from September 28 to October 2 while they continue their investigation.

“With these cases, TPH has declared an outbreak at our school and has asked that the school be closed from Monday, September 28 to Friday, October 2, while they continue their investigation,” said a TDSB spokesperson to Daily Hive.

“An outbreak is declared when there are at least two confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a 14 day period and with a link to a school setting. TPH will let us know if the school can reopen after this period.”

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Earlier this month, the TDSB reported its first few cases on September 17.

Seven staff members and one student had reported positive COVID-19 tests, within the same time frame as students prepared to head back to school.

Three of the cases are in high schools — Earl Haig Secondary School, York Mills Collegiate Institute, and the School of Experiential Education.

On September 25, the first COVID-19 outbreak had been confirmed at Glen Park Public School.

Two students had confirmed positive for COVID-19, and are currently isolating.

A teacher and two class cohorts of 17 and 18 students were also sent home to isolate for 14 days.

“I know news of an outbreak and school closure will, understandably, be worrisome for families. Please know that we are in constant contact with TPH and should they believe any additional communications or steps are required, we will let you know as soon as possible. In the meantime, additional cleaning will be conducted in the school over the next week,” said the TDSB spokesperson.

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