COVID-19 school outbreaks across Canada mar 1st week of in-person classes.

COVID-19 school outbreaks across Canada mar 1st week of in-person classes

Several COVID-19 outbreaks across Canada have marred the first week of back-to-school, prompting school closures and class cancellations.

In P.E.I., Dr. Heather Morrison has made the decision to cancel classes at several Charlottetown schools following six confirmed coronavirus cases among people under the age of 19.

On Saturday, the chief public health officer reported that a student at West Royalty Elementary had tested positive for COVID-19. Four of the new cases announced Sunday are considered close contacts of the case associated with West Royalty School.

“The situation at West Royalty Elementary School is considered an outbreak, the first school outbreak in P.E.I. since the pandemic began,” Morrison said Sunday.

“We are erring on the side of caution, assuming the new cases are the highly transmissible delta variant.”

Across the Confederation Bridge, Monday classes will be cancelled for Grade 11 students at Sugarloaf Senior High School in Campbellton, N.B., after a student tested positive.

Grade 11 students and their parents will be provided more information about the situation on Sunday, said superintendent Mark Donovan.

In Plaster Rock, N.B., all Monday classes at Donald Fraser Memorial School have been cancelled after two cases were confirmed.

The school says cleaning and contact tracing will be performed, and student should expect to return on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in Ontario, at least 208 students in the Windsor area have been sent home from exposure to positive COVID-19 cases.

Four schools in the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board (WECDSB) reported cases Friday and one of those reported a second case Sunday. In total, 148 students have been told not to return to class in the last three days.

All schools remain open, according to the WECDSB’s website.