Exposures in Schools

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

All school exposures identified by Public Health will be posted here.

It is for information purposes only and is not intended for notifying affected parents and staff of school exposures.

Public Health works directly with school staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed, and to carry out case and contact management. Those identified as cases and close contacts will be instructed to self-isolate directly by our Public Health teams.

If you have not been contacted by Public Health, then please be assured that your child did not have a high-risk exposure, and they should continue to attend school as long as they are not experiencing any symptoms.

This page is updated after schools have had the opportunity to notify their school community. Please be assured, any delay between direct notification to a school community and an exposure post appearing on this page is not reflective of a delay in the important Public Health work of case and contact management. Please see below for details.

School Exposures 

School name  Exposure event Date 

Alexander Elementary
2471 Beverly St
Duncan

Exposure April 6

Esquimalt High School
847 Colville Road
Victoria

Exposure April 7,8 & 9
Fairview Elementary
205 Howard Avenue
Nanaimo
Exposure April 9, 2021
Glanford Middle School
4140 Glanford Ave
Victoria
Exposure April 7, 2021
Edward Milne Community School
6218 Sooke Rd
Sooke
Exposure April 7, 2021
Frank Hobbs Elementary School
3875 Haro Rd
Victoria
Exposure April 7, 2021
Drinkwater Elementary School
6236 Lane Rd
Duncan
Exposure April 6, 7 & 8, 2021
Colquitz Middle School
505 Dumeresq St
Victoria
Exposure April 6, 2021
Victoria High School
923 Topaz Ave
Victoria
Exposure April 6 & 7, 2021
Mount Douglas Secondary School
3970 Gordon Head
Victoria
Exposure April 6, 7 & 8 2021

Arbutus Middle School, 2306 Edgelow Street
Victoria

Exposure April 1 & 6, 2021

Ballenas Secondary
135 Pym St
Parksville

Exposure March 31, April 1 & 6, 2021

Belmont Secondary School
3041 Langford Lake Rd
Victoria

Exposure March 31, April 1 & 6, 2021
Nanaimo District Secondary School
355 Wakesiah Avenue
Nanaimo
Exposure March 29, 30, 31 & April 1, 2021
Kwalikum Secondary School
266 Village Way
Qualicum
Exposure March 29, 30, 31 & April 1, 2021
Dunsmuir Middle School
3341 Painter Rd
Victoria
Cluster March 29, 30, 31 & April 1, 2021

Cedar Hill Middle School
3910 Cedar Hill Rd
Victoria

Cluster March 29, 30, 31 & April 1, 2021

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 in school settings:

Exposure: The presence of lab confirmed COVID-19 case(s) in the school during the period of communicability.

Cluster: Two or more confirmed cases within a 14-day period, with evidence of transmission occurring within the school. 

Outbreak: Multiple confirmed cases within a 14-day period, with evidence of ongoing transmission occurring within the school and the school medical health officer has determined exceptional measures are required to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

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 

 

March 2021
Oceanside Elementary, 980 Wright Rd, Parksville, March 1, 2021

Mountain View Elementary, 2480 East Wellington, Nanaimo March 2 and 3, 2021

Khowhemun Elementary, 2918 Cliffs Rd, Duncan March 1 and 2, 2021

Bayview Elementary, 140 View St, Nanaimo March 1 and 2, 2021

Nanaimo and District Secondary, 355 Wakesiah Ave, Nanaimo, March 1 and 2, 2021

Wellington Secondary, 3135 Mexicana Rd, Nanaimo March 1 and 2, 2021

Quamichan Middle School, 2515 Beverly St., Duncan March 2, 2021

Victoria West Elementary School, 750 Front St, Victoria, March 2, 3, and 4, 2021

Spectrum Community School, 957 Burnside Rd W, Victoria March 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2021

Lansdowne Middle School, 1765 Lansdowne Road, Victoria March 3, 4, 5 and 9, 2021

Cedar Elementary School, 2215 Gould Rd, Nanaimo, March 8 and 10, 2021

North Campus - Lansdowne Middle School, 1765 Lansdowne Road, Victoria, March 10, 11, 12

Lakewood Elementary School, 2363 Setchfield Ave, Victoria, March 12

South Park Elementary School, 508 Douglas St, Victoria, March 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2021

Brechin Elementary School, 510 Millstone Ave,, Nanaimo, March 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12, 2021

Penfield Elementary, 525 Hilchey Road, Campbell River, March 15

Oak Bay High School 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. Oak Bay March 30, 2021

Wellington Secondary 3135 Mexicana Rd. Nanaimo March 29, 30, 2021

Oak Bay High School, 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd., Oak Bay, March 30, 2021

Oaklands Elementary School, 2827 Belmont Avenue, Victoria, March 29, 30, & 31, 2021

Wellington Secondary, 3135 Mexicana Rd., Nanaimo, March 29, 30, 2021

February 2021

Brechin Elementary School, 510 Millstone Ave, Nanaimo, Feb 1

Stelly's Secondary School, 1627 Stelly's Cross Rd, Saanichton, Feb 1

John Barsby Community, 550 Seventh St, Nanaimo, Jan 28, 29 and Feb 1

Rock City Elementary School, 3741 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo, Jan 26, 27, 28, 29 and Feb 1,

Mountain View Elementary, 2480 E Wellington Rd, Nanaimo, Feb 16

Glacier View Secondary, 241 Beecher Drive, Courtenay, Feb 17, 18

Aspengrove School, 7660 Clark drive, Lantzville, Feb 18, 19

Chemainus Secondary, 9947 Daniel Street Chemainus, Feb 8, 16, 17, 18

Timberline Secondary, 1681 S Dogwood St, Campbell River, Feb 16,17,18

Ladysmith Secondary, 710 6th Ave, Ladysmith, Feb 8,9,10,16,17,18, 23, 24, 25, 26

George P. Vanier Secondary School, 4830 Headquarters Road, Courtenay, Feb 16,17,19, 23, 25, 26

Aspen Park Elementary School, 2250 Bolt Ave, Comox, Feb 22

Uplands Park Elementary, 3821 Stronach Dr, Nanaimo, Feb 22

Dover Bay Secondary, 6135 McGirr Rd, Nanaimo, Feb 22

McGirr Elementary, 6199 McGirr Rd, Nanaimo, Feb 22

Cedar Elementary School, 2215 Gould Rd, Nanaimo, Feb 22 and 23

Chemainus Elementary Community School, 3172 Garner St, Chemainus, Feb 22 and 23

Highland Secondary School, 750 Pritchard Rd, Comox, Feb 22 and 23

Nanaimo and District Secondary, 355 Wakesiah Ave, Nanaimo Feb 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

David Cameron Elementary School, 675 Meaford Ave, Victoria, Feb 22, 23 and 24

Courtenay Elementary School, 1540 McPhee Ave, Courtenay, Feb 22, 23, and 24

Drinkwater Elementary School, 6236 Lane Rd, Duncan, Feb 25

Oceanside Elementary, 980 Wright Rd, Parksville, Feb 25, 26;

January 2021

Miracle Beach Elementary School (on school bus route), Black Creek, Jan 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

Cowichan Secondary School,  2652 James St, Duncan, Jan 5, 6 & 7

Chemainus Secondary School, 9947 Daniel St., Chemainus, Jan 4

St. Michaels University School(*Junior School), 820 Victoria Ave, Victoria, Jan 5 & 6

NIDES/ Navigation SD71 Distance Education, 2505 Smith Road, Courtenay, Jan 4, 5 & 6

Quamichan Middle School, 2515 Beverly St, Duncan, Jan 4 & 5

Royal Bay Secondary School, 3500 Ryder Hesjedal Way, Victoria, BC (exposure), Jan 15

Duncan Christian School, 495 Beech Ave, Duncan, BC (cluster), Jan 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 

Alexander Elementary School, 2471 Beverly Street, Duncan, BC (exposure), Jan 13, 14, 15

Shawnigan Lake School, 1975 Renfrew Road, Shawnigan Lake, BC (exposure), Jan 18-20

Woodwinds PASS Alternate School,140 Renz Road, Parksville (exposure), Jan 20-22

École Macaulay Elementary School, 1010 Wychbury Avenue, Victoria (exposure), Jan 20-2

Crofton Elementary School, 8017 York Ave, Crofton , January 25 and 27, 2021

View Royal Elementary, 218 Helmcken Rd, Victoria, January 27, 2021

Lake Cowichan School, 190 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan, January 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2021

September 2020

Alberni District Secondary School (exposure) September 14, 15, 17, 18, and 22, 2020

Carihi Secondary School (Campbell River) (exposure) September 28, 2020

October 2020

Wood Elementary (Port Alberni) (exposure) October 19, 2020

November 2020

Dover Bay Secondary, 6135 McGirr Road Nanaimo (cluster) November 2, 5, 6

John Barsby Secondary 550 Seventh St, Nanaimo (cluster) exposure 1: November 5, 6 exposure 2: November 9, 10

Randerson Ridge Elementary, 6021 Nelson Road, Nanaimo (cluster) November 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12

Ladysmith Secondary School, 710 6th Ave, Ladysmith (exposure) November 9, 10, 12, 13

Frank J Ney Elementary, 5301 Williamson Road Nanaimo (exposure) November 12

Alberni District Secondary School, 4000 Roger St, Port Alberni (exposure) November 12, 13

Lakeview Christian School, 729 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria (exposure) November 16

The Victoria School For Ideal Education, 2820 Belmont Avenue, Victoria (exposure) Nov 16, 17

Kwalicum Secondary School, 266 Village Way, Qualicum Beach (exposure) November 18, 19

Sir James Douglas Elementary, 401 Moss Street, Victoria (exposure) November 23

AW Neill Elementary School, 5055 Compton Road, Port Alberni (exposure) November 23, 24

EJ Dunn Elementary School, 3500 Argyle Street, Port Alberni (exposure) November 24

Maquinna Elementary School, 3881 Bruce Street, Port Alberni (exposure) November 19, 20, 23, 24 and 25

Eighth Avenue Learning Centre, 2941 8 Ave., Port Alberni (exposure) November 24 and 25

Alberni District Secondary School, 4000 Roger St., Port Alberni (exposure) November 27

Gulf Islands Secondary School, 232 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island (exposure) November 26

Carihi Secondary School, 350 Dogwood Street, Campbell River (exposure) November 30 - December 2

Forest Park Elementary School, 2050 Latimer Road, Nanaimo (exposure) November 30 - December 4

 

December 2020

Salt Spring Centre School, 355B Blackburn Road, Spring Island (exposure) December 3

Wellington Secondary School, 3135 Mexicana Road, Nanaimo (exposure) December 3, 4

Nanaimo District Secondary School, 355 Wakesiah Avenue, Nanaimo (exposure) December 2, 3, 4

Wood Elementary School, 4111 Wood Avenue, Port Alberni, (exposure) December 15, 16, 17 and 18 2020

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