Children under the age of 12 are still ineligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and with the fourth wave hitting the province, experts say it is not surprising that cases of the virus are under-reported in Ontario schools. is being imposed.
Here the Toronto Star presents its Ontario Schools COVID Tracker to provide parents, teachers, caregivers and the wider public with up-to-date COVID case numbers at all publicly funded primary and secondary schools in the province Can you
Readers can check their school to see how many cases have been found among students and staff. We also present total cases to track the spread of the virus in schools over time.
The province said in August that every classroom without mechanical ventilation systems, as well as all kindergarten classrooms, would get portable HEPA filters. Individual school boards are also committed to upgrading their own ventilation in an effort to make learning areas safer for students and staff. But even with these measures, cases were expected.
“We have to normalize COVID-19 for our schools and have an approach that is prudent, that is cautious, but realizes that we are going to have an increase in cases,” said the province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore said, in August.
With the exception of the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic School Board, extra-curricular activities are back in most boards.
In a statement released on 14 September, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said that his government “will continue to follow and continue to follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure the safety of our schools, students and staff. We are on alert again.” The opening plan follows expert advice from pediatric hospitals, including Sick Kids, designed to minimize disruption and maximize safety.”
“We are taking further action by requiring all staff to be fully immunized or subjected to testing on a regular and weekly basis to protect schools and keep them open,” he said.
Experts have said vaccination rates in the neighborhood will help inform the risk of transmission among students; Schools in areas with high vaccination rates are likely to see fewer outbreaks, while schools in communities with low overall vaccination rates may experience more.
Under provincial rules, schools must immediately report any suspected or confirmed COVID cases among students and staff to their local public health unit. Boards will also have to post alerts on their websites if cases are detected.