Tuesday March 2, 2021 | LANGFORD, BC [Updated 1:37 pm March 3, 2021]
by Mary P Brooke, B.Sc., Editor | Island Social Trends
A COVID-19 exposure was announced on Friday February 26 by Island Health for David Cameron Elementary School in Colwood.
At the SD62 Education Policy Committee meeting this evening, SD62 Superintendent Scott Stinson commended the principal and vice-principal at the school for handling things well including providing contact information to Island Health for contact tracing.
The exposure was deemed to have occurred at February 22, 23 and 24. One member of the school community had tested positive.
The school sent a letter to parents, guardians, families and staff, saying the letter was to “provide notification that a member of your school community has tested positive for COVID-19. They are isolating and are being followed by Island Health”.
Receiving the letter does not mean the parent or their child(ren) has been exposed to COVID-19.
Tonight Superintendent Stinson said a followup letter is also provided by the school district after the outbreak is over, advising that if a family was not contacted then they can at that point know to have no further concerns. This is to deal with ‘anxiety’ that might be experienced by some families who will have heard about the exposure but didn’t receive any contact from Island Health about it, says Stinson.
The David Cameron Elementary School is located at 675 Meaford Avenue. The Principal is Terry Honer. There are 400 students in Kindergarten to Grade 5.
This is the second COVID-19 exposure in the SD62 school district during the pandemic. The first exposure in SD62 was at Royal Bay Secondary in Colwood as announced on January 18 of this year.
Presently there are 21 school exposures throughout Island Health (on Vancouver Island).
Tonight’s Education Policy meeting was chaired for the first time by new chair Trustee Allison Watson.