(Alberni District Secondary School/Google Photos)

The first known school exposure of COVID-19 on Vancouver Island has occurred in Port Alberni, according to an alert issued by Island Health.

The advisory states that the exposure occurred over five days, beginning just four days after classes resumed, at Alberni District Secondary School.

Students and staff may have been exposed to the virus on September 14, 15, 17, 18, and 22.

An advisory from School District 70 Pacific Rim notes that they learned of the positive COVID-19 case on Saturday, October 3.

“Public health staff then initiated contact tracing to identify any individuals needing to self-isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and a general notification to the school community was issued on Sunday, October 4th,” reads the statement.

Those who received the letter do not need to isolate unless they are contacted by public health officials and told to do so.

However the school district is asking students and staff to continue monitoring for symptoms of the virus.

No further details were released for privacy reasons.