The Wellington Catholic District School Board says four schools in Guelph will close Wednesday for the remainder of the week due to the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
Schools that will switch to remote learning are Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School, St. James Catholic High School, St. Joseph Catholic School, and St. Michael Catholic School.
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Students will learn remotely until Friday before heading to winter break until January 2.
According to the school board, as of Tuesday, St. Joseph had 11 confirmed cases, St. Michael had six confirmed cases, Bishop Macdonell had two, and St. James had three.
It is unclear how many confirmed cases are the Omicron variant.
“In recent days, the school communities of Bishop Macdonell CHS, St. James CHS, St. Michael, and St. Joseph have seen increases in COVID-19 cases along with a growing number of students and staff identified as high-risk cases. risk contacts requiring self-isolation due to possible exposure to the Omicron COVID-19 variant, “the board said in a statement on its website.
“This has created significant operational challenges regarding staff availability as well as continuity of learning within these schools.”
The board added that families will receive information from their schools with instructions on how to access learning assignments for the remainder of the week.
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The latest data provided shows that there are 47 confirmed cases among 17 public and Catholic schools in Guelph and Wellington counties.
There are also eight active COVID-19 outbreaks among public and privately funded schools in Guelph.
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