Several Ontario schools are temporarily dismissing their staff and students this week following a series of COVID-19 outbreaks.

According to Toronto Public Health (TPH), six people tested positive at Donwood Park Public School this week, including four who screened for a variant of concern.

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TPH reported that "community exposure" is likely in four of the confirmed cases.

The closure, which takes effect on March 2, 2021, was announced to the school community by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

Toronto Public Health is recommending that the entire school be tested for COVID-19. 

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is also shutting down both Jean Hanson Public School and Algonquin Public School in the wake of two COVID-19 outbreaks.

Students, staff, and visitors are being told to get tested as soon as possible and to self-isolate. 

In the past two weeks, over 800 COVID-19 cases have been reported in schools across Ontario.