A COVID-19 outbreak has closed an elementary school in St. George, just north of Brantford.
On Tuesday evening, the Grand Erie District School Board announced the closure of St. George-German School, effective Wednesday, after six students and one staff member tested positive.
The school is expected to remain closed until Oct. 18 “in keeping with the recommendations of public health,” the school board said in a statement.
The Brant County Health Unit declared an outbreak at the school on Sunday after at least two cases were determined to be linked, with transmission likely occurring inside the school.
Those who tested positive went into self-isolation and contact tracing began, but the school remained open Monday and Tuesday. The virus subsequently spread to four more students from “several” different classes, along with one staff member, according to the health unit.
The closure affects some 400 students from kindergarten to Grade 8 who will now transition to online learning.
When contacted by The Spectator, the school board did not disclose the vaccination rate of staff at St. George-German School or whether any of the affected individuals were showing symptoms.
Board-wide, 91 per cent of Grand Erie employees have told the board they are fully vaccinated, with or without showing supporting documents.
J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator