More than 20 Toronto schools dismissed due to COVID-19 outbreaks
Toronto Public Health dismissed staff and students at 20 schools Monday night to prevent further COVID-19 transmission at the institutions.
Students will move to online learning in the interim and may return in-class after the April spring break.
The health authority is conducting investigations at the schools, and the closures will allow staff more time to look into how COVID-19 spread within the schools.
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Here are the affected schools:
- Charles E Webster PS
- DA Morrison MS
- Danforth Tech CI
- Donwood Park PS
- East York CI
- Ellesmere-Statton PS
- Etienne Brule JS
- Grenoble PS
- Lillian PS
- Riverdale CI
- Valley Park MS
- St. Gregory
- James Culnan
- Blessed Trinity
- St. Brigid
- St. Patrick
- Neil McNeil
- All Saints
- George Etienne Cartier
- Abu Bakr
“We will keep the school communities informed as soon as the re-opening dates are confirmed,” TPH said in a tweet.
3/3: We will keep the school communities informed as soon as the reopening dates are confirmed. In the meantime, we remind all residents of the importance of keeping your distance, wearing your mask & washing your hands to help protect yourself & others.
— Toronto Public Health (@TOPublicHealth) April 5, 2021
The TDSB tweeted on Monday night that it has heard from the health authority that there will be no city-wide school closure at this time.
“While health units may have the authority to close an entire school system due to public health concerns, directors of education and school boards do not have this authority,” it said.
— Toronto District School Board (@tdsb) April 5, 2021
Peel Region’s top doctor made the decision to close all schools for two weeks starting Tuesday to reduce COVID-19 transmission.
As of Tuesday, 63 schools across Ontario were closed due to COVID-19 and 1,240 schools were reporting at least one case.