Toronto Public Health has a new plan for when there is a COVID-19 case at a school in the city.
The health unit will send parents a letter through the school principal if there is a positive case at a school.
Then, investigators will work with the infected person to try and figure out where they may have picked up the virus and who they may have passed it on to, including other people at the school.
All of the students or educators in the same class as the person who tested positive will likely be required to self-isolate for two weeks, monitor for symptoms and get tested if they have any.
The city says families will be monitored and supported throughout the process and will be told when it’s safe for students to go back to class.
Other students in the school who were not in contact with the infected person will continue to attend class, but should monitor for symptoms.
Parents will be getting a letter from the school board in the coming days about the new plan.
Some of the other new measures in place at Toronto schools this year include assigning more than 200 city staff to support schools, teachers and their families.
A school liason team will give advice on infection prevention and control measures, train staff and work with public health officials if there is a case at a school.
Along with those teams, there were also be dedicated case and contact investigators assigned to schools.