Toronto Catholic and Public School students return to class next week and many of them or their parents are nervous.
Speaking today, doctor Eileen de Villa addressed some of these concerns, saying that just because a child contracts COVID-19, it doesn’t mean it will lead to widespread infection.
“I truly wish I could say that there won’t be cases, that there won’t be any cases of COVID-19 in our schools. But we know there will be,” de Villa said.
“Everyone, everyone in our community must do their part to help limit the number of cases.”
We're excited to welcome our secondary students back to school!
This year, we have new health and safety measures in place to help keep our high schools safe from the spread of COVID-19.
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She says letters are going home to all parents and guardians explaining the protections in place across Toronto’s schools.
“Over the summer, my team worked with local schools to help them plan re-opening. These plans include things we learn from other places, with schools already back. We have examples to follow about what works, and what doesn’t.”
De Villa is also calling on everyone to keep doing their part to prevent the spread including wearing a mask, washing your hands and maintaining physical distance from others.
On Wednesday, Brock University highlighted details from a study they conducted with children. It finds that while kids are excited to return to class and see their friends, many of them are concerned about contracting COVID-19 and bringing it home to their families.
Toronto is reporting 50 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday after 48 new infections were confirmed on Tuesday.