This was bound to happen sooner or later.
Nearly a week into the new school year, COVID-19 infections have been reported in schools with the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB).
There is no indication whether the cases are among staff or students, but both boards update the numbers on their respective websites.
The public board as of late Monday afternoon was reporting five COVID cases and one classroom closed. The schools are in Collingwood, Alliston, and Oro-Medonte, three elementary and two high schools.
The SMCDSB as of Monday evening reported eight cases and eight classroom closures, all of them at elementary schools, located in Barrie, Innisfil, and Bradford.
On their respective websites, the boards say a positive case at a school does not necessarily mean the individual was exposed to COVID-19 at the school. They may have been exposed somewhere else in the community.
“For all confirmed cases, families and staff at the school will be notified by letter. Letters will be sent directly to anyone identified by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit as a close contact,” says the SCDSB on its website.
Province-wide as of Monday, there are 189 active cases of COVID-19 among students and staff.
What is different this year, vaccinated staff and students don’t have to self-isolate in the event of exposure if they do not develop COVID-19 symptoms.