A school in Saanichton has been added to the list of COVID-19 school exposures in the Island Health region.
Stelly’s Secondary School reported a positive case of the virus in their school community with a possible exposure date of February 1st.
In cases where an exposure is reported at a school, Island Health performs contact tracing to identify people who came in close proximity with an individual who tested positive.
Phone calls and letters are sent to parents and guardians of students who are identified as high-risk.
Close contacts are then instructed to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
Those who do not receive direct communication from Island Health regarding contact tracing can continue to attend school as normal.
Stelly’s Secondary School has also been requiring daily health checks, asking members of the school community to complete a questionnaire on symptoms, international travel, and close contact with any confirmed case of COVID-19.
“We can see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel with respect to the COVID-19 virus and the expansion of vaccinations coming to our communities,” the school said in their February newsletter.
“It is important to resist COVID Complacency and remember that it is equally important to continue to follow the very well-established structures and rules here at Stelly’s.”