Ontario to stop collecting COVID-19 numbers from school boards, suspend reporting of cases
The Ontario government will halt the collection of COVID-19 case counts from publicly funded schools and will suspend all public reporting of new infections among students and staff starting next week.
The change was detailed in a memo from the Ministry of Education sent to school boards on Thursday.
"Given recent changes to case and contact management by the Ministry of Health and OCMOH (Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health), the ministry will suspend reporting of COVID-19 cases in schools," the memo obtained by CP24 read.
"Further information will be shared shortly with school boards on reporting expectations of absences in schools and school closures due to COVID-19, in conjunction with educational and pediatric leaders."
In a news release issued Friday by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), it confirmed that the Ministry of Education "will no longer be collecting COVID-19 case numbers from school boards."
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