COVID-19: cases of variants multiply in Montreal schools

Many Montreal schools are struggling with outbreaks of COVID-19 variants in their schools, which has led to closures.

At the private college Villa Maria in the west of the island, all classroom courses were suspended until March 24 due to the detection of two people infected with a variant.

“As you know, Public Health acts with great caution and diligence when it comes to a variant. The school administration is taking the situation very seriously, ”said the secondary school in a letter sent to parents on Sunday.

The pupils of this private school will therefore all be required to take distance courses until March 24.

Also in Côte-des-Neiges, at least one class has been closed at Lucille-Teasdale elementary school, according to Covid Écoles Québec, which identifies outbreaks in educational institutions in the province.

For its part, the Peekaboo 1 daycare center in Verdun was temporarily closed due to the coronavirus.

On the Plateau Mont-Royal, a classroom at Lambert-Closse elementary school was preventively closed because a student was infected. The establishment was awaiting the public health epidemiological results before seeing whether it was a variant case or not. The variants are considered to be more contagious.

In Laval, classes were closed at Léon-Guilbeault, Avenir and Explorateurs elementary schools.

Classes at the Greenfield Park International Primary School in Longueuil and the Prés Fleuris School in Mirabel in the Laurentians also suffered the same fate.

All these class suspensions were decreed on Saturday and Sunday, reported Covid Écoles Québec.

Several other schools in the Montreal area also warned parents over the weekend of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its walls. However, no closures have been announced in these establishments.

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