Four public schools and two public Catholic schools on Wednesday temporarily laid off staff and students.
Gateway Public Schools, Thorncliffe Park Public School, Clinton Street Junior Public School and Ryerson Community School, including the Downtown Vocal Music Academy, of the Toronto District School Board have temporarily closed.
UPDATE: On the advice of @TOPublicHealth, students and staff at Clinton Street JPS and Ryerson CS (including Downtown Vocal Music Academy) are laid off effective tomorrow, Wednesday, March 31, to give TPH more time to investigate the COVID cases. Students will move on to distance learning. pic.twitter.com/LarNaOk2BY
– Toronto District School Board (@tdsb) 31 mars 2021
On the advice of @TOPublicHealth, students and staff at Gateway PS and Thorncliffe Park PS are laid off effective tomorrow, Wednesday March 31, to give TPH more time to investigate COVID cases in schools. All students will switch to distance learning during this time. pic.twitter.com/gpejFGD3pI
– Toronto District School Board (@tdsb) 30 mars 2021
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School and St. Jude of the Toronto Catholic District School Board are also temporarily closing due to the transmission of COVID-19.
Please note that as per TPH’s recommendation, St. Rose of Lima and St. Jude Catholic School will be temporarily fired following an ongoing COVID-19 investigation. School communities have been notified and we will provide updates as they become available.
– Toronto Catholic District School Board (@TCDSB) 30 mars 2021
Both school boards say affected students will switch to online learning while Toronto Public Health investigates.
According to the provincial government, 332 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in all Ontario schools on Wednesday.
Six TDSB schools and seven TCDSB schools are currently closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Across Ontario, 63 schools remain closed due to the virus.
Ontario has seen more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 per day for a week in a row now. As of Wednesday, 2,333 new infections were discovered, bringing the total cumulative cases in Ontario to 349,903.