Toronto Schools Are Reportedly Telling Kids Not To Speak At Lunch For COVID-19 Prevention

Toronto students have been back to in-person learning for a while now and while they can see their friends at school again, they're reportedly being told not to talk to them during lunchtime.

"By keeping talking to a minimum while eating and while masks are off, we are reducing the possibility of spread of COVID-19," Ryan Bird, the spokesperson of Toronto's District School Board told Narcity via email.

School lunchtimes have been quick and quiet as per the advice of Toronto Public Health, and according to CTV News Toronto, parents are expressing shock and concern over the guidelines. Bird said these guidances have been put into place since September 2020.

Staggered lunch breaks and recesses are part of the guidelines Toronto Public Health has recommended to schools across the city.

Even though there are talks of getting COVID-19 vaccines to children between 5 and 11 years old, kids under the age of 12 aren't currently eligible to get vaccinated.

Earlier this month a high school in Etobicoke was entirely shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak and as of October 22, 13 elementary and secondary schools are currently dealing with outbreaks of their own.

TDSB has mandated COVID-19 vaccines so that by November 1 staff, trustees, and anyone else who is in contact with students or staff at a TDSB workplace, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are exempt under the Human Rights Code.

Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines and can answer any questions you may have.

A Case Of The Omicron Variant Has Just Been Reported In The GTA

The person was in close contact with a traveller coming back from southern Africa.

Durham Region Health Department has announced that one person has tested positive for the COVID-19 Omicron variant on Thursday.

Health officials say the person was in "close contact" with another individual who had recently travelled back from "one of the identified countries in southern Africa," according to a press release.

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There's a new way to find out if you've potentially been exposed to COVID-19, Toronto.

In a news release posted on December 2, City officials launched the COVID-19 Exposure Notifications page that will inform Torontonians of potential exposures that they could have come across in large settings.

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The US Reported Its First Omicron Variant Case & Fauci Says It Was 'Just A Matter Of Time'

The infected person entered the U.S. before Omicron even had a name.

The Omicron variant has officially arrived in the United States and the White House is urging everyone who's eligible to get vaccinated ASAP.

The White House and the CDC confirmed the first U.S. case of COVID-19 caused by the new COVID-19 variant on Wednesday, one week after public health experts warned that it was becoming a problem in South Africa.

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You know how to say "Delta" if you've flown with a certain airline, visited a certain town in B.C. or just been paying attention to COVID-19 virus variants as a human being on this Earth.

But have you figured out how to pronounce "Omicron" yet? Because some people — including the president of the United States — are still playing catchup with this not-so-popular letter from the Greek alphabet.

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