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Churchill questioned after two HRM schools closed due to COVID-19

Auburn Drive High School in Cole Harbour and Graham Creighton Junior High  were shut down until Dec. 7 due to infections
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Nova Scotia's education minister says the province will continue to deal with cases of COVID-19 in schools on a case-by-case basis.

That announcement comes a week after Auburn Drive High School in Cole Harbour and Graham Creighton Junior High  were shut down until Dec. 7 due to infections.

Facing reporters following cabinet on Nov. 26, Zach Churchill was questioned about the province's response to cases in schools.

The education minister said every household has been supplied with the steps taken if there is a positive case discovered in a school, however, he says if people are looking for a threshold for shutting down a school due to an infection, the province isn't prepared to provide that detail.

"I feel like I keep answering this question - people looking for kind of a generic threshold here, but there's not," said Churchill. "It's dependent on individual circumstances and the contact tracing investigation that public health conducts."

Churchill added each situation will require a different response in different schools depending on what public health's findings are.

He noted that Auburn Drive High School and Graham Creighton Junior High were shut down for two weeks based on the risk of community transmission.

Meanwhile, Northeast Kings Education Centre in Canning was ordered closed for just three days for cleaning and contact tracing.

He added that by assessing each situation on a case-by-case basis, it will help to keep schools open for students for the duration of the second wave of the pandemic.

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