COVID-19 outbreak forces Scarborough elementary school to close until after vacation


TORONTO – An elementary school in Scarborough has been closed and the school will remain closed for the duration of the vacation due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
In a tweet, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) said the Toronto Public Health recommended that all staff and students be “expelled” to Clairlea Public School, located near St. Clair and Victoria Park avenues.

There are currently six cases of COVID-19 among students at the school, but TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird told CP24 on Tuesday afternoon that whenever the Toronto Public Health Department requests the closure of a school, it is based more on “specific characteristics around the cases” than on the total number of cases.

“Toronto Public Health is looking at data like how it’s transmitted? Is it passed on at school? In the community? Then they look at the timelines in which these cases evolve and make a decision, ”he said.

The TDSB noted that public health officials continue to investigate the COVID-19 outbreak at school.

Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr Eileen de Villa, said on Monday that 13 schools in the city had been closed due to outbreaks of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Despite calls to extend the winter break for students across the province to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools, the Ontario education minister has so far indicated he does not believe that this measure was necessary.

“We really take inspiration from the education ministry and then public health officials on this. Obviously, we’d love to hear their best advice based on the day’s data, ”said Bird, when asked about an extended school shutdown after the holidays. “So it’s December 15th right now and we’ll have to see over the next few weeks if things change and if they decide we should move on to more e-learning in the weeks after the winter break, we can do it.”


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