The Toronto Catholic District School Board is closing St. Francis Xavier Catholic School due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
The elementary school is located in North York in the area of Keele Street and Lawrence Avenue West.
The closing follows a recommendation from Toronto Public Health. TPH shared the announcement online Monday night.
A Covid-19 outbreak has forced temporary closure of St Francis Xavier Catholic School near Keele/Lawrence. 8 students/3 staff have tested positive. No indications yet any are variants of concern. Last week 6 students at Donwood Park PS in Scarborough tested +. 4 were variants pic.twitter.com/StqhXhlHdU
— carl hanstke (@carl680) March 9, 2021
The TCDSB tells 680 NEWS there are 11 active cases at the school. Eight cases are students and three are staff members.
It also says the board is unaware if there are any variant cases located at the school.
The board says it’s dismissing the school as a precautionary measure recommended by Toronto Public Health.
TPH says it will keep the school community updated on a reopening date.
Please be advised that as per TPH recommendation, St. Francis Xavier will be temporarily dismissed as a result of an ongoing COVID-19 investigation. The school community has been informed & we will provide updates once available.
— Toronto Catholic District School Board (@TCDSB) March 9, 2021
Today, Toronto Public Health recommended the temporary dismissal of all school cohorts at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School as a result of an ongoing #COVID19 investigation. We will keep the school community informed as soon as the reopening date is confirmed.
— Toronto Public Health (@TOPublicHealth) March 9, 2021