The milestone was reported by the TDSB on Tuesday, the same day the board announced it was enhancing its guidelines requiring masks and face coverings. TDSB schools began a staggered reopening for in-person classes on Sept. 15.
In an update released on Tuesday, TDSB officials said parents and guardians will now be required to wear masks during pick-ups and drop-offs at schools. Another notable change involved the use of face shields.
“In situations where a student, staff or visitor is not wearing a mask due to an approved exemption, a face shield may be required as an alternative measure of protection,” the updated guidelines said.
When it comes to the use of masks and face coverings at TDSB properties, spokesperson Ryan Bird told Global News there was an “overwhelming” number of people following the guidelines. However, he said staff found there are still opportunities for improvement.
“We are seeing the numbers continue to increase across Toronto and elsewhere and after having practiced this for a number of weeks now, we had learned areas where we could tighten it up,” Bird said.
“We don’t want to take any chances. We understand that there may be situations where masks may not be able to be worn, so that’s why we’re encouraging the use of face shields because at least it provides some protection. Is it as good as a mask? No, but at least it provides some protection.”
To date, there were outbreaks (defined as having two or more individuals testing positive for coronavirus within 14 days and having some connection to a school) declared by Toronto Public Health at two TDSB schools: Mason Road Junior Public School and Glen Park Public School. As of Tuesday evening, most of the 62 schools reporting cases had just one staff member or student test positive for coronavirus.
For an up-to-date list of the affected schools, click here.