Students at several schools isolated after itinerant teacher tests positive for COVID-19

Students from two classes at St. Demetrius Catholic school in Toronto are in isolation for 14 days after a music teacher, who rotates among multiple schools, tested positive for COVID-19.

Several classes in up to six schools in total may be impacted, said Markus de Domenico, the Toronto Catholic board trustee for Ward 2 in Etobicoke, where St. Demetrius is located.

Toronto Public Health alerted families on the weekend, he said, and the notice recommends parents of the Grade 5 and 6 students get their child tested for COVID-19 while in isolation whether they have symptoms or not.

St. Demetrius, an elementary school for students from kindergarten to Grade 8, is located on La Rose Ave., near Eglinton Ave. and Royal York Rd.

And another school, St. Charles Catholic School in North York, will close Monday for a week after an itinerant teacher, who tested positive for COVID-19, had contact

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Ontario reports 30 more students with COVID-19 in latest daily report

The number of new COVID-19 cases in public schools across the province has jumped by 37 from the previous day, to a total of 412 in the last two weeks.

In its latest data released Friday morning, the province reported 30 more students were infected for a total of 237 in the last two weeks; since school began there have been overall total of 263.

The data shows there are two more staff members for a total of 61 in the last two weeks — and an overall total of 84.

The latest report also shows five more individuals who weren’t identified for a total of 114 in that category — and an overall total of 137.

There are 318 schools with a reported case, which the province notes is 6.59 per cent of the 4,828 public schools in Ontario.

Three schools are currently closed, according to the Ministry of

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Half of elementary students at Peel public board opted for online learning

Nearly half of students at public elementary schools in a COVID-19 hot spot west of Toronto are learning online, according to data provided by the school board.

Upwards of 54,600 elementary students have opted for remote learning this year at the Peel District School Board, while roughly 57,300 have returned to the classroom — a split far higher than the roughly one-third of elementary students learning from home at neighbouring boards.

The Peel board saw a sharp increase in students opting for remote learning over the course of the last month, according to numbers it shared. In late August, just 35,800 students had registered for online learning, compared to 78,300 who indicated a preference for in-class lessons.

The Catholic school board in the region — the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board — said about 14,150 elementary students are learning online, compared to 32,400 who have returned to the classroom, meaning

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Journal Times editorial: Don’t harshly punish college students for normal behavior | Editorial

Emma Wells, a parent from Maryland with two sons in college, one a sophomore at WPI, said she feels misled by the school. Over the summer, WPI emphasized the welcoming environment it would create despite the challenges of social distancing, but downplayed the severity of the rules and their consequences, she said.

“I’m not going to say a high-end prison, but it’s really strict, you can’t hang out with anybody,” Wells said.

Her son was recently asked to leave WPI housing after he and four of his roommates were found socializing and drinking in their on-campus apartment with five female classmates. The five male students were kicked out of housing, while the women were asked to write an essay, she said. The school, which said it could not comment on the matter, has allowed Wells to appeal the decision and she is waiting for the response.

Are universities really going

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In the market? Net-zero energy home built by Weber State students now for sale

OGDEN — Utahns who aspire to live sustainably may want to take a look at a recently completed home in Ogden’s East Central neighborhood that’s about to hit the market — sort of.

The 2,500-square-foot Quincy Avenue home was designed and built by Weber State University students and faculty as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. The contest challenged schools around the world to build sustainable structures, and Weber State was one of just 10 finalists chosen to put its vision into practice.

The result is a net-zero energy home that faculty lead Jeremy Farner hopes will demonstrate the viability of efficient construction.

“Our goal going into this was to prove that this is marketable, that this is repeatable,” Farner told “That’s really what we’re trying to do, is educate the public that this is possible. It doesn’t cost too much money, and anybody could

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