Starting Tuesday, five Durham schools will be closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
The Durham District School Board says Glen Street Public School in Oshawa, Vaughan Willard Public School in Pickering and Westcreek Public School in Pickering will be closed for a minimum of two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
They say next steps will be communicated directly to families of the schools.
The Durham Catholic District School Board has also sent a letter home to parents stating the outbreak at St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic School in Ajax has grown and the school will need to be closed until after the scheduled spring break April 19.
The DCDSB says “teachers will be connecting with students and parent using Edsby and your child’s daily schedule will continue online.”
Also according to Conseil Scolaire Viamonde (CVS), École élémentaire Ronald-Marion and École secondaire Ronald-Marion, housed in the same building, will be closed.
This is the first time any schools are closed in Durham due to COVID-19.
According to the Durham data tracker, there are currently 13 active outbreaks linked to Durham schools.
At Glen Street Public School there are three cases with one isolating and two resolved.
At Vaughan Willard Public School there are two cases listed and both are listed as resolved.
At Westcreek Public School there are two cases listed and both people are isolating.
At St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic School there are three cases with one isolating and two resolved.
At École élémentaire Ronald-Marion the tracker lists four cases, all resolved.
The data tracker appears to only list cases linked to the outbreak.
The DDSB reports a total of six active cases at Glen Street, affecting three cohorts, eight active cases at Vaughan Willard affecting five cohorts and seven active cases at Westcreek affecting eight cohorts.
The DCDSB says there are 13 confirmed cases at St. Josephine Bakhita, but six are resolved.
The CSV says eight students and one staff member have COVID-19 at Ronald-Marion.
The tracker says an outbreak is defined as two or more lab confirmed COVID-19 cases in students, children, staff or visitors in a school or child care centre with an epidemiological link, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the facility, including transportation and before/after care.
The health department says only confirmed cases, not probable ones, are captured on the region’s data tracker. Staff or students who live outside Durham Region are not included in their count of cases, but in the data of the local public health unit where they live.
To see the region’s COVID-19 data tracker, click here.
Click here to see the status of cases at school boards in Durham.