Over 20 schools in Toronto closing due to COVID-19 outbreaks

Three schools boards in Toronto and surrounding areas are closing multiple schools due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

By BT Toronto

Three schools boards in Toronto and surrounding areas are closing multiple schools due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

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The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) says 11 schools in Toronto will close and switch to remote learning as of Tuesday, until further notice.

The TDSB says the closures come on the advice of Toronto Public Health.

The affected schools are:

  • Charles E Webster PS
  • D A Morrison MS
  • Danforth Tech CI
  • Donwood Park PS
  • East York CI
  • Ellesmere-Statton PS
  • Etienne Brule JS
  • Grenoble PS
  • Lillian PS
  • Riverdale CI
  • Valley Park MS

Abu Bakr Education Academy in Scarborough was also advised to close.

These are in addition to six other TDSB schools which were already closed Monday:

  • Brian PS
  • Victoria Village PS
  • Thorncliffe Park PS
  • Gateway PS
  • Ryerson CS
  • Clinton Street JP

The closures come as Peel Region announced Monday that it is closing schools in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon in an attempt to control the spread of COVID-19.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) released a statement saying it has no current plans to follow Peel’s lead and would “continue to manage risk on a school-by-school basis.”

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) announced it is also closing several schools effective Tuesday, due to COVID-19 investigations.

Initially the board said seven schools were affected and moving to online learning: St. Gregory, James Culnan, Blessed Trinity, St. Brigid, St. Patrick, Neil McNeil and All Saints. Stella Maris, St. Anthony and École élémentaire catholique George-Étienne-Cartier were also added to the list late Monday night.

In addition, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) announced that as of Wednesday, some students will be moving to remote learning due to COVID-19.

The affected schools are St. Andrew, St. Benedict and St. Peter Catholic elementary schools in Orangeville.

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