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TCDSB closes St. Charles Catholic School after staff member contracts COVID-19

Last Updated Oct 5, 2020 at 9:53 am EDT

St. Charles Catholic School on Oct. 5, 2020. CITYNEWS

The Toronto Catholic District School Board says it is closing a North York school for the rest of this week after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

In a tweet sent out late Sunday night, the TCDSB said they are closing St. Charles Catholic School near Lawrence Avenue and Dufferin Street from October 5 to October 9 “out of an abundance of caution” following discussions with Toronto Public Health.

According to the board’s COVID-19 dashboard, the staff member is assigned to four other Catholic schools: St. Demetrius Catholic School, St. Mark Catholic School, St. Roch Catholic School, St. Ursula Catholic School.

The Toronto Star reports the teacher came into contact with at least three classes.

According to The Star, the Catholic board is one of several that has continued to use travelling teachers when it comes to classes in gym, music and French during the pandemic and that the plan was approved by the Ministry of Education.

This is the second Toronto school to be closed as a result of COVID-19. Mason Road Junior Public School is set to reopen this week after an outbreak was declared at the elementary school last week.