Brampton teachers who contracted COVID while exercising at school could be disciplined

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Published February 11, 2021 at 4:15 pm

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Two Brampton high school teachers could face disciplinary measures for exercising on school grounds and potentially spreading the U.K. variant of COVID-19.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) admitted yesterday that despite rules prohibiting such activities, the teachers had recently decided to use a converted classroom to workout and did so without wearing masks.

The school has been identified as St. Roch Catholic Secondary School located at 200 Valleyway Dr, Brampton.

The teachers subsequently tested positive for coronavirus with one contracting the more contagious variant.

Peel Region’s Medical Offer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh said his office investigated the incident and that there was no threat of the virus spreading further and the teachers are now self-isolating. He considers the case closed.

The school was closed to students at the time, but teachers can still go into the schools and use their regular classrooms to teach remotely.

The DPCDSB is now treating the incident as an internal matter, but a source has acknowledged the teachers could be disciplined for breaking the rules by using the gym room and not practising the proper social distancing measures.

Schools in Peel Region will open for in-class instruction beginning next week.

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