I found reading part of a Canadian report following the original SARS-1 outbreak in 2003 to be fascinating.
Mr. Justice Archie Campbell:
I think this would apply to schools too. In NYC, it took 19 positive COVID-19 cases to close one school, P.S. 79 in East Harlem.
From the the NY Post article on the closing:
East Harlem public school closed after COVID-19 outbreak
By Conor Skelding and Susan Edelman
After being open only a week, a city public school in East Harlem is the first to cancel in-person classes, after a COVID-19 outbreak among staffers.
Nineteen people tested positive as of Friday at P.S. 79 on East 120th Street, prompting officials to switch over to remote education, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer tweeted.
“My understanding is there are enough cases of COVID that the [Department of Education COVID-19] Situation Room has decided to close the school for 10 days until Sept. 28,” Brewer told The Post.
In addition to 19 “confirmed” cases, 45 others were quarantined, the City Council’s education chair, Mark Treyger, added.
Citywide school COVID-19 positive numbers are not exactly encouraging:
Across the city’s traditional public schools, 372 classrooms were fully closed and 303 were partially closed as of Friday, according to the tracker. There were 812 total cases of COVID-19 between Sept. 13 and 17– 487 students and 325 staff.
There is not much COVID testing going on so it might be underreported. Is that Canadian justice available? Why don't we error on the side of safety?