Ashley Oaks school students switch to remote learning after ‘widespread exposure to COVID-19’

A south London elementary school is closing its doors for the rest of this week due to COVID-19. 

The Thames Valley District School Board said they decided to close Ashley Oaks Public School after a “high number” of students and staff were required to quarantine because of widespread exposure to the virus. 

“The safety of all students, staff, and community members is a priority and decisions related to school closures are not made lightly,” the board said in an email sent to parents.

According to the TVDSB’s COVID-19 dashboard, the school has three active cases. 

The board is reminding parents that only those identified as close contacts to cases will be contacted and given testing advice.

Pupils will be transitioning to remote learning as of Thursday. 

The board said classroom teachers will be contacting families with information about online learning. 

Additionally, all before-and-after school programs will be cancelled. 

The board said students will transition back to in-person learning on Monday, April 19 following the spring break. 

Ashley Oaks is the second elementary school in the city to close this week due to potential COVID-19 spread.

Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School was also shuttered after the majority of staff were required isolate.

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