Exposures in Schools

This page is updated when COVID-19 exposures occur within schools in the Island Health region.

If your child’s school has been notified of an exposure, no action is required unless you are contacted by Public Health or are otherwise directed by school officials. 

School Exposures 

School name  Exposure event Date 

Wood Elementary (Port Alberni)

 

Exposure

 

October 19, 2020

 

Locations will be removed from the current public exposures list 14 days after the last exposure date, and then archived below.

Public Health will contact you directly in case of any school exposure involving your child.

Island Health updates this list when COVID-19 exposures occur within schools in the Island Health region. We are providing this information so school staff, students and parents can be assured that Public Health is aware and acting upon all detected COVID-19 exposures within schools.

If you or your child have been identified as a COVID-19 positive case or close contact, be assured that Island Health’s Public Health team will contact you directly and provide further instruction.

As always, monitor yourself and your child for symptoms of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 school notification process:

If Island Health receives a positive COVID-19 test result, a rigorous protocol is followed:

  • Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with. 
  • We identify and notify close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advise them to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days. 
  • If COVID-19 is identified in a student or staff and it is determined they were not at school when they were infectious, no public notification will be provided because there is no exposure to report.
  • Only Public Health Nurses and Medical Health Officers determine who is a close contact. Learning groups, friends or other connections may not be determined to be a close contact. 
  • Public Health staff work closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community.

If your child’s school receives a notification of exposure:

A notification posted above does not necessarily mean your child has been exposed to COVID-19. 

Public Health will work with the school and school district to ensure close contacts are notified directly and provided specific guidance.

If you do not receive a phone call or letter from Public Health, your child should continue to attend school. You can monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms daily using the daily health check form. A self-assessment tool is also available at bc.thrive.health.

More information and resources regarding schools and COVID-19 is available at bccdc.ca/covid19 

Definitions:

Exposure: A single person with lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection who attended school during their infectious period. 

Cluster: Two or more individuals with lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection who attended school during their infectious period. The cases may be linked to school-based transmission. 

Outbreak: Multiple individuals with lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection when transmission is likely widespread within the school setting.

In all of these cases, public health will investigate, interview the case and conduct contact tracing. If you do not receive a phone call or letter from Public Health, your child should continue to attend school. Please follow the instructions of the local school administration and Public Health.
 


Reviewed: DAILY


Archive 

September 2020

Alberni District Secondary School 

September 14, 15, 17, 18, and 22, 2020

 

Carihi Secondary School (Campbell River) 

September 28, 2020

 

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