The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) said it was temporarily closing two of the city’s schools due to an investigation into COVID-19 cases.
As of Wednesday, the TDSB announced that students at Thorncliffe Park Public School in East York and Gateway Public School in North York will resume distance learning while Toronto Public Health examines the circumstances surrounding the virus transmission.
According to the TDSB’s COVID-19 notices page, six students and a member of staff at Gateway Public School have tested positive for COVID-19. Nine cases have since been resolved.
There are currently seven active cases among students at Thorncliffe Park Public School with 61 cases resolved on Tuesday.
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Thorncliffe Park Public School was particularly touched by the virus, the school having already been closed in December 2020 due to an epidemic.
Parc Thorncliffe has twice the city’s overall poverty rate at 45.5% compared to the Toronto average of 20.2%. The median household income in the Jane-Finch neighborhood is between $ 46,580 and $ 51,964, compared to the city average of $ 65,829.
Sunday, TPH recommended the temporary dismissal of all students at St. Dominic Savio Catholic School in Scarborough and Brian Public School and Victoria Village Public School in North York.
The closures went into effect Monday.
There are now four active school closures related to COVID in the TDSB.
The province reported 518 new school-related infections on Tuesday with more than 2,000 positive cases in the past two weeks.
There are currently 1,168 Ontario schools with at least one case of COVID-19.