Four different schools in Port Alberni have reported COVID-19 exposures across a roughly week-long period in November.
The exposures are:
- Eighth Avenue Learning Centre — Nov. 24 & 25
School District 70 (SD70) says this exposure event was of limited duration and confined to a small program, which they say has not affected the school’s general population. They add that Island Health has completed contact tracing on this exposure.
- AW Neill Elementary School — Nov. 23 & 24
SD70 says contact tracing on this event has been completed by Island Health.
- Maquinna Elementary School — Nov. 19, 20, 23, 24 and 25
According to SD70, the nature of the contact in this classroom prompted Health Officials and school leaders to have the entire class self-isolate, out of an abundance of caution. Contact tracing by Island Health has also been completed.
- EJ Dunn Elementary School — Nov. 24
SD70 says this exposure event was limited to a self-contained Early Years program operating at the school, and did not affect the general student population. Because of the nature of the contact, school leaders have chosen to exclude the entire class. Island Health has also completed contact tracing.
As with all cases of school exposures, the events are listed on the Island Health website.
The health authority says that parents who have not been contacted by officials should rest assured their children have not had a high-risk exposure, and can continue to attend school as long as they are not experiencing symptoms.