Two classes self-isolating after COVID-19 outbreak at Scarborough school

Oct 20 2020, 7:57 am

Two classes of students are now self-isolating after an outbreak of COVID-19 was declared at a Scarborough high school over the weekend.

In a letter sent to parents, shared with Daily Hive, three coronavirus cases were confirmed among students and a staff member, resulting in a declared outbreak at David and Mary Thomson C.I., on October 18.

Two Grade 10 classes have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution however, Toronto Public Health had no “similar concerns” for the rest of the school and no additional measures are required.

“I know news of an outbreak will, understandably, be worrisome for families. Please know that our school continues to take all the necessary precautions including self-assessment requirements, enhanced cleaning, the requirement of students and staff to wear masks/face coverings, practicing physical distancing to the greatest extent possible and encouraging proper hand hygiene (washing hands, sanitizer, etc.) and respiratory etiquette (coughing/sneezing into you arm, etc.),” said Principal William Papaconstantinou in the letter.

The school remains open at this time and both staff and students are able to attend school per usual.

The Toronto District School Board continues to maintain its daily COVID-19 advisory page which provides a list of active confirmed cases among students and/or staff in its schools.

As of October 20, 150 students and 47 staff members in 121 schools have reported positive coronavirus cases since September.