Mason Road Junior Public School to reopen Tuesday following COVID-19 outbreak

Mason Road Junior Public School will reopen on Tuesday, a week after it was shut down over an outbreak of COVID-19.

The Toronto District School Board announced Sunday that the school is able to reopen as Toronto Public Health has finished its investigation.

More than 170 students and staff at the Scarborough elementary school were ordered to stay home and isolate last week while the school shut its doors after four positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by the school board, including one student and three staff.

TDSB spokesman Ryan Bird said Mason Road school was ordered to close so Toronto Public Health could investigate.

The outbreak was declared right after the city’s first outbreak of COVID-19 at Glen Park Public School more than a week ago.

Two other schools in Ontario, Monsignor Paul Baxter elementary school in Ottawa and Fellowes High School in Pembroke, closed after confirmed outbreaks.

Fellowes High School closed for two weeks before reopening on Sept. 28.

No additional positive tests among staff, students or close contacts were confirmed at Fellowes High School, according to a Renfrew County and District Health Unit news release.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the TDSB reached a total of 109 as of Sunday afternoon, including 78 students and 31 staff.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board reported 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving 30 students and four staff on Saturday afternoon.

The province defines an outbreak as two or more lab-confirmed cases within a 14-day period with at least one case connected to the school, including busing and after-school programs.

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With files from Kevin Jiang, Noor Javed and Kristin Rushowy

Cheyenne Bholla

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