Coronavirus: Toronto school staff member dies from COVID-19

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A Toronto Catholic District School Board child and youth worker has died after contracting coronavirus.Sources told Global News that the education worker, a woman, worked at St. Francis De Sales Catholic School, located just south of Jane Street and Finch Avenue West.

The TCDSB confirmed the employee was the last one at the school on November 12, and officials were notified the next day.

“We recently learned of the tragic death of a staff member from the Toronto Catholic District School Board. This unfortunate news is a huge loss for our entire TCDSB community, ”the board said in a statement Wednesday morning.

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“Supports are available for the affected school community. Right now we are focused on supporting staff and students and respecting the privacy of the grieving family and staff, ”TCDSB said.

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The board said 19 students are potentially exposed to the employee and are self-isolating.

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One of the sources added that the woman already had a pre-existing condition and was not attending any other school.

Toronto Public Health has not confirmed whether the employee contracted the virus at school or in the community, citing a right to privacy.

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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) also issued a statement expressing its condolences. The union said “it will seek more information on this tragic event, which will deeply concern students, families and education workers across the province.

A child and youth worker is someone who provides direct support to students who have social, emotional, or behavioral problems in school.

The job typically requires employees to be closer than any other education staff due to student behavior and working virtually may not be an option, a source said.

– With files from Nick Westoll and Morganne Campbell



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