A French-language school board on Montreal’s south shore is reporting 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its schools.
The Centre de services scolaire (CSS) Marie-Victorin posted a notice online, saying the service centre is working closely with public health authorities.
There are eight institutions, including elementary schools, high schools and professional training centres, where there are novel coronavirus cases.
“Our priority remains to offer a safe return to school for all and to ensure the continuation of the learning of our students while being extra careful about the current situation,” said general manager Marie-Dominique Taillon.
The CSS Marie-Victorin issued the following list of affected schools:
- CFP Charlotte-Tassé: one case
- CFP Pierre-Dupuy: three cases
- École internationale Lucille-Teasdale: one case
- Adrien-Gamache elementary school: five cases
- André-Laurendeau elementary school: one case
- Gérard-Filion high school: two cases
- Monseigneur-A.-M.-Parent high school: one case
- École Internationale du Vieux-Longueuil: one case
A mobile testing clinic has also been set up at Adrien-Gamache, the elementary school in Longueuil where there are five confirmed cases. CSS Marie-Victorin says 250 people, including staff and students, were tested.
The school service centre is also monitoring Laurent-Benoît elementary school in Saint-Hubert. Officials say are there no cases, but Longueuil Mayor Sylvie Parent was in the building last week.
The mayor is isolating after she tested positive for COVID-19. Her diagnosis has sparked a wave of preventive isolations among local and provincial elected officials.
Since the start of the school year, CSS Marie-Victorin says it has applied strict measures to limit the spread of the respiratory illness. This includes providing masks for staff, disinfecting surfaces and rigorous handwashing.