City schools shutter over COVID cases as holiday break looms

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More London schools are closing this week with multiple cases of confirmed or suspected omicron cases leaving several students and staff members in quarantine.

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The London District Catholic school board said St. Andre Bresette Catholic secondary school is expected to resume in-person classes after the Christmas holiday break and that the school’s 1,200 students and staff will shift to online learning from home during the temporary closing.

Westmount Public School is also closing Monday until January, the Thames Valley district school board said. Numerous close contacts from a confirmed case of COVID-19 with potential links to the omicron variant mean online learning for the next five days.

École secondaire Catholique Monseigneur-Bruyère, a French first-language school located on Huron Street in London, is also shuttered for the week.

The Catholic board did not specify how many cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant have been detected at the school, or how many people are in quarantine, but said staff in multiple classrooms are affected and the decision to close the school was made “out of an abundance of caution.”

Last week, several other London area schools were linked to the omicron variant, causing closures at Princess Elizabeth, St. Marguerite d’Youville, St. Mary’s Choir and Orchestra and St. Nicholas. Those schools were to reopen on Monday.

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