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Potential COVID exposures in Island schools

18 schools on Vancouver Island listed as having potential COVID exposures, including SD61 (7), SD62 (1), SD62 (1), and SD79 (2).

Thursday September 30, 2021 | VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC [Update at 7:35 pm – Dr Henry and Health Minister Jennifer Whiteside will make a COVID-in-schools health and safety announcement at 10:30 am on Fri Oct 1, 2021]

by Mary P Brooke, B.Sc., Editor | Island Social Trends


Island Health is posting potential COVID exposures in schools again this year (2021-2022 academic school year). This year the list is organized by school district, which makes it easier for parents to find the local school(s) of their child(ren).

“Public Health works directly with school staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed, and to carry out case and contact management,” says Island Health on their school exposures page.

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“Those identified as cases will be instructed to self-isolate directly by our Public Health teams. Those identified as close contacts may be asked to self-isolate or closely self-monitor for symptoms for a specified period.”

Island Health says the Island Health school exposures page is for information purposes only and is updated after direct communication with affected individuals has occurred. Any delay in posting an exposure to the page is not indicative of a delay in the Public Health process of contact tracing and case management.

Prevention measures in schools:

COVID prevention measures in schools are posted on the BC CDC website. That includes mask-wearing for students in Grades 4 to 12, frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizers, and reducing unnecessary large-group contact. But there are no cohorts (smaller identified class groupings), and children in K-Grade 3 are not required to wear masks.

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In BC, about 80% of teachers had mental health impacts from working during the pandemic, says BCTF president in spring 2021.

Everyone eligible is expected to get two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. That would include teachers, administrators and support staff, and by extension also parents.

Public health conducts contact tracing for every case of COVID-19. 

Currently 18 schools with potential exposures:

Currently there are 18 schools on Vancouver Island listed as having potential exposures. Seven of those are in SD61 Victoria, with one in SD62 Sooke/Westshore, one in SD63 Saanich, and two in Cowichan Valley SD79.

As well there are two schools in Nanaimo-Ladysmith (SD68) with potential exposures, one in Port Alberni, one in Comox, two in Campbell River, and one at École Victor-Brodeur in Victoria.

Most of the listed schools are elementary level (K to Grade 5), with two middle schools listed (Grades 6 to 8). Campbell River Christian School and École Victor-Brodeur have students in K-12.

Here is the full list (as of 4:35 pm on Thursday September 30, 2021):

School District 61

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
Sir James Douglas Elementary VictoriaSeptember 17, 20, 21, 2021 (Cluster)
Tillicum Community SchoolVictoria September 20, 21, 22, 23, 2021 (Cluster)
Cloverdale Traditional ElementaryVictoriaSeptember 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 2021 (Cluster)
Quadra ElementaryVictoriaSeptember 13, 14, 15, 20, 2021
Torquay ElementaryVictoriaSeptember 22, 23, 24, 2021
École MacaulayVictoriaSeptember 20, 21, 22, 23, 2021
Gordon Head Middle SchoolVictoriaSeptember 22, 23, 24, 2021

School District 62

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
École PoirierSookeSeptember 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 2021 (Cluster)

School District 63

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
Deep Cove ElementaryNorth SaanichSeptember 20, 22, 2021 (Cluster)

School District 64

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
  

School District 68

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
Pleasant Valley ElementaryNanaimoSeptember 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 2021 (Cluster)
Cinnabar Valley ElementaryNanaimoSeptember 20, 21, 23, 24, 2021

School District 69

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
  

School District 70

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
EJ DunnPort AlberniSeptember 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 2021 (Cluster)

School District 71

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
Brooklyn ElementaryComoxSeptember 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2021 (Cluster)

School District 72

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
École Phoenix Middle School Campbell RiverSeptember 20, 21, 2021 
Campbell River Christian SchoolCampbell RiverSeptember  15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2021 (Cluster)

School District 79

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
Tansor ElementaryDuncanSeptember 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 21, 2021 (Cluster)
Mt Prevost ElementaryDuncanSeptember 16, 23, 24, 2021 (Cluster)

School District 84

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
  

School District 85

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
  

School District 93 (Le Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique)

School nameDates of Potential Exposure
École Victor-BrodeurVictoriaSeptember 7, 8, 13, 16, 17, 2021 (Cluster)
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In BC schools as of March 29, 2021 students in Grades 4 to 12 were required to wear face masks at all times due to the COVID pandemic. BC Health & BC Ministry of Education continued with that measure for Fall 2021.

If no direct contact from Public Health: 

If you have not been notified by Public Health by phone or by letter that you or your child need to self-isolate, you/they may continue to attend school as long as you/they are not experiencing any symptoms.

Monitor for symptoms:

As always, monitor yourself and your child for symptoms of COVID-19. You can use the daily health check form found at http://www.bccdc.ca/schools or the self-assessment tool available at bc.thrive.health.

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Mask mandate:

The mask mandate in BC schools is for Grades 4 to 12 at this time.

dr bonnie henry, sept 28 2021
Dr Bonnie Henry during her Sept 28, 2021 COVID media update. Said that posting potential school exposures on the Health Authority websites is the most authoritative way of communicating that information.

Parents and the BC Teachers Federation are pushing for masks being mandatory in K to Grade 3 as well, given that children under age 12 are not yet eligible for COVID vaccination.

COVID vaccination is expected to come this fall for children ages 5 to 11, said Dr Henry earlier this week. Quite possibly the shots will be a half-dose compared to what adults and teens have been receiving, she said.

===== RELATED:

Vaccines effective for at least 4 months, boosters very likely to come (September 29, 2021)

SD62 dealing with COVID in schools as kids 5-11 remain unvaccinated (September 28, 2021)

BCTF Fall 2021: wants better protections & return-to-school caution (September 6, 2021)