‘We don’t have children’: All students at Oakville child care centre inside school in self-isolation and classrooms closed due to multiple COVID cases

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At least two cases of COVID-19 at an Oakville elementary school have led to at least a dozen students being told to self-isolate, according to a child care centre connected to the school. Kyle Barber, president and CEO of YMCA Oakville, said there are 12 students who go to the […]

At least two cases of COVID-19 at an Oakville elementary school have led to at least a dozen students being told to self-isolate, according to a child care centre connected to the school.

Kyle Barber, president and CEO of YMCA Oakville, said there are 12 students who go to the before and after school program at Sunningdale Public School and they have all been told to self-isolate due to two positive COVID-19 cases at the school. The self-isolation started Sept. 15, he said.

Two classrooms at the school have also been closed, according to the Halton District School Board website.


While Barber fell short of saying the YMCA program at the school is closed, he added that there are currently no parents or children utilizing the program due to the self-isolation requirements.

“We don’t have children currently,” he said in an interview Wednesday, Sept. 23. “I can verify some staff have been on the premises for a few hours daily cleaning and preparing for program continuation.”

The child care centre has two cases of COVID-19, according to the Ontario government website. Sunningdale Public School has also listed two coronavirus cases and the Halton District School Board has confirmed they are both students.

Barber wouldn’t confirm nor deny whether the cases at the YMCA program are the same individuals as the school cases. Halton Region Public Health said in an email it is aware of only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Sunningdale school.

“Contact tracing has been completed and close contacts are self-isolating,” the Region said.

YMCA School Age Child Care (SACC) is a licensed child care program for children 3.8 to 12 years old and provides children with a “seamless day in one location right at their own school,” according to the YMCA website.

Although Halton Public health has confirmed that transmission did not occur in Sunningdale school, health officials have identified “exposure risks” associated with the cases there.

“There are exposure risks related to these cases and cohorts of high risk close contacts have been identified by Halton Region Public Health,” the Region said in a letter to the school Sept. 20. “These groups are being notified by Halton Region Public Health to self-isolate at home and not attend school.”

 

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