Thorncliffe Park PS closed due to ongoing COVID-19 outbreak
Dec 05 2020
Toronto Public Health is asking that all students and staff self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, and, if any develop, to get a test at an assessment centre.
Further, three teachers had submitted a work refusal to the school's principal on Thursday morning, saying the conditions in their classroom were "unsafe", said Jennifer Brown, president of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto union local. "Make the schools safe by funding them appropriately to provide the ventilation that is required, to provide windows that open ... provide the funding that we can have smaller class sizes, so that outbreaks are minimized", she said. The resolution asks Brown to again revisit Oregon's metrics and "prioritize the return of all students in grades K-5, with an ultimate goal of returning all students to school".
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In a letter sent to parents on Sunday, Crane said TPH detected the cases after 433 tests were processed on Thursday and Friday.
So far, the public school board has reported 83 confirmed cases within its schools.
Toronto Public Health has opted to close Thorncliffe Park Public School just days after a testing blitz revealed 19 cases of the novel coronavirus among students and staff - a number which has gone up since then.
"A report of COVID-19 should not be interpreted as an indicator the district or our schools aren't following proper procedures - school cases can be a reflection of the overall situation in the broader community", the district said.
The Ministry of Labour said health and safety inspectors visited the school and that their investigation is "ongoing".
The testing pilot, which is in place for four weeks, was implemented to better track how the virus is spreading in and around schools.
There are now 26 cases of COVID-19 among staff and students at the school.