Three Catholic schools in London closed due to confirmed or probable cases of omicron

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Three Catholic elementary schools in London have been closed due to several confirmed or probable cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant, the London District Catholic School Board announced late Monday evening.

St. Marguerite, St. Nicholas and St. Mary Choir and Orchestra schools, with a combined enrollment of approximately 1,300 students, will be closed for the remainder of the week, according to a council statement. While schools are closed, students will participate in virtual learning.

The decision was made because a number of students and staff are in quarantine due to potential exposure to the omicron variant.

“As the cases affect staff in several different classrooms in schools as part of their regular duties, this decision was made out of prudence to help ensure the health, safety and well-being of all students and school staff, ”the statement added.

The Middlesex-London Health Service is investigating suspected cases and will provide advice and support to affected school communities.

The announcement of the shutdown came just hours after the health unit announced a cluster of 30 COVID-19 cases likely linked to the Omicron variant.

The board says in-person classes are expected to resume on Monday, December 13.

Meanwhile, close contact with omicron cases has been identified at two schools in the Thames Valley District School Board, but Princess Elizabeth Public in London and Delaware Public School in Delaware will remain open for the time being, a the council said in a statement Monday evening.

He indicates that all individuals are isolated and that all appropriate public health follow-ups are underway.


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