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A Catholic school board west of Toronto closed three more schools to in-person learning because of COVID-19 outbreaks Friday, for a total of 10 across the board.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board shuttered three elementary schools as of Friday: San Lorenzo Ruiz, St. Cornelius and St. John the Baptist elementary.

St. Sofia School in Mississauga, Ont., is among the schools that have been closed for longer.

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It’s reporting 10 students and five staff members who are ill with COVID-19.

Spokesman Bruce Campbell says the board has been forced to shutter the schools to in-person learning because of teachers who have been directed to self-isolate.

He says there aren’t enough permanent staff and occasional teachers to “provide safe supervision and to maintain operations in an in-person environment” at the facilities.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says people across the province can’t let their guard down as the province’s science advisers warn of a third wave of COVID-19. Ford said that people must continue to follow public-health guidance even as vaccines become more widely available.

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