Five Toronto schools have been temporarily closed over for the past two days amid ongoing COVID-19 investigations, public health officials have confirmed.
The news was confirmed in a series of tweets posted on Sunday and Monday. Little details have been released about the investigations that are happening.
“Today, Toronto Public Health recommended the temporary dismissal of all school cohorts at St. Dominic Savio Catholic School, Brian Public School and Victoria Village Public School as a result of ongoing COVID-19 investigations.” Toronto Public Health said in a Tweet Sunday.
“We will keep the school communities informed as soon as the reopening dates are confirmed.”
Later on Monday evening, similar closures were announced at St. Roch Catholic School in North York and St. Eugene Catholic School.
Toronto District School Board said that students attending Brian Public School and Victoria Village Public School will relocate to remote learning during the probe. Both schools are found in North York within 10km from one another.
As per the provincial data, there are five confirmed COVID-19 cases among students at both TDSB schools.
Eight student cases of COVID-19 were reported at St. Eugene Catholic School between Mar. 23 and Mar.29, in addition to two staff cases. Five student cases were reported at St. Dominic Savio Catholic School in Scarborough on Mar. 24 whereas 4 student cases and one staff infection were confirmed at St. Roche Catholic School.
The school closures come as Ontario politicians and local health experts say they are carefully keeping an eye on the increasing COVID-19 case counts leading up to the April school break.