Three schools boards in Toronto and surrounding areas are closing multiple schools due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
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.”
On the advice of @TOPublicHealth students and staff at the following schools are being dismissed effective tomorrow, Tuesday, April 6 to allow TPH additional time to investigate COVID cases.
All students will be moving to remote learning at this time. pic.twitter.com/CQrWUr57AW
— Toronto District School Board (@tdsb) April 5, 2021
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.
As per TPH @TOPublicHealth recommendation, effective tomorrow April 6th the following schools will be temporarily dismissed and pivot to virtual learning due to ongoing COVID-19 investigations.
— Toronto Catholic District School Board (@TCDSB) April 5, 2021
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.
????Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health has directed schools in Dufferin County to switch to remote learning effective Wednesday, April 7.
This affects DPCDSB schools located in Dufferin County (St. Andrew, St. Benedict and St. Peter).
— Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (@DPCDSBSchools) April 5, 2021