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Hamilton school for students with special needs remains closed after COVID-19 case

Glenwood School, which has 21 students with pervasive special needs, is staying closed after a student tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

HWDSB also states ongoing staff absences played a factor in keeping the school closed

A Hamilton school will remain closed after a COVID-19 case. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Glenwood School, which has 21 students with pervasive special needs, is staying closed after a student tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board also says ongoing staff absences play a factor in keeping the school closed.

"We are unable to provide appropriate staffing levels to ensure safety and support student programming. Remote learning will continue where possible," the board said in a statement.

"Student safety is our top priority. Our schools remain safe for staff working in our buildings and students with pervasive special education needs learning in person during this provincial order."

While Ontario is under a stay-at-home order that has most students learning remotely, those with special needs are allowed to learn in person.

There is also mandatory masking for students from Grades 1 to 3 and requirements for mask wearing outside. Emergency child care will continue for eligible families during remote learning.

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