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 

Eighth Avenue Learning Centre
2941 8 Ave.
Port Alberni

exposure November 24 and 25
AW Neill Elementary School 5055 Compton Road
Port Alberni
exposure November 23 and 24
Maquinna Elementary School 3881 Bruce Street
Port Alberni
exposure November 19, 20, 23, 24 and 25
EJ Dunn Elementary School
3500 Argyle Street
Port Alberni
exposure November 24

Sir James Douglas Elementary
401 Moss Street
Victoria

 

exposure November 23

Kwalicum Secondary School
266 Village Way
Qualicum Beach

exposure November 18,19

The Victoria School For Ideal Education
2820 Belmont Ave.
Victoria

exposure November 16,17

Lakeview Christian School
729 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria

exposure November 16

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 

(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

 

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