Journal Times editorial: Don’t rush COVID-positive kids back to school | Editorial

We recognize that there is disagreement and controversy over managing K-12 education in a pandemic.

But we’ve found something that shouldn’t be in dispute: Kids who’ve tested positive for COVID and been sent home for quarantine should not be sent back to school until their quarantine period is over.

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department is asking schools in Washington and Ozaukee counties to use attendance software to track students with the coronavirus.

Why, you may ask? Well, some parents knowingly sent their children to school even after they tested positive for COVID-19, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sept. 22.

In one instance, a student was so ill that the student went to the nurse’s office, said Health Department director Kirsten Johnson. The nurse discovered the student was on the list of those who had tested positive and should not have been in class.

“We’ve been trying hard to work

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Hundreds of teachers to be switched from in-person to virtual school as TDSB announces huge reorganization

Just weeks into a school term already marked by disruption, the Toronto District School Board is about to usher in some more.

In a letter sent to families Tuesday evening, the TDSB announced that up to 324 elementary schools will lose some in-person teachers as they will be moved into virtual classrooms.

The board said it announced the reorganization to help support the “significant number of students” — more than 66,000 — who are currently enrolled in online school.

Out of the 324 schools, some will lose up to four or more teachers, while others will lose one or two.

As a result of the loss of teachers, some students attending in-person classes may have to move into different and/or larger classrooms with different teachers, just three weeks after starting school.

For example, two smaller classes may be combined to create one larger class, the letter from the TDSB stated.

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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

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School for sale: This university and surrounding property is available in B.C.

VANCOUVER —
Real estate is not an uncommon topic in B.C., and the pricier properties come with everything from ocean views to elevators.

But it’s not often these listings come with a university campus.

Colliers International is selling just that. The 55-acre property that includes the Quest University campus is now for sale.

The school and sports centre take up about 21 acres of the property.

Ideally, the school hopes for offers to sell the development lands around the campus, but the listing says Quest University would consider a sale that includes a long-term lease back for continued use.

The liberal arts and science school that opened in 2007 was forced to seek court protection in February after being unable to pay its debts.

Other parts of the original site have already been sold off or developed.

The land is located in Squamish, B.C., a town about 65 kilometres north

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