Nine public schools and three independent schools in Abbotsford have had COVID-19 exposures since Sept. 16, according to Fraser Health.
The province resumed posting COVID school exposures on Tuesday (Sept. 28) as cases have risen sharply in school-aged children.
An “exposure” is defined as a student or staff members attending school while infectious. (A person can spread the virus before knowing they have it.)
Earlier this week, Abbotsford Christian School (ACS) announced that it would be moving to remote learning from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 for students in kindergarten to Grade 6 due to “a number of cases” and “close contacts across grade levels.”
According to Fraser Health’s online school exposures list, ACS’s middle and secondary schools’ exposure dates were Sept. 15-17 and 20-24. The elementary school’s exposure dates were Sept. 21-23.
Two other local independent school recording COVID exposures are Mennonite Educational Institute (Sept. 21-25) and St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary (Sept. 23 and 24).
Local public schools that have had exposures (listed on the website as of Friday, Oct. 1) are:
• Abbotsford Senior Secondary – Sept. 20;
• Abbotsford School of the Integrated Arts (Sumas Mountain campus) – Sept. 17 and 20-24;
• Clayburn Middle – Sept. 17 and 20-24;
• Howe Middle – Sept. 23;
• Dormick Park Elementary – Sept. 20-22;
• Robert Bateman Secondary – Sept. 17 and 20-24;
• Upper Sumas Elementary – Sept. 17 and 20;
• Fraser Middle – Sept. 17 and 20-24; and
• Yale Secondary – Sept. 16 and 17.
Families are notified by Fraser Health if it is determined that their child is a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Children of families who do not receive a phone call or letter can continue to attend school and monitor their child for symptoms.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported this week that there were 658 news COVID cases in children ages five to 11 last week and 261 in those ages 12 to 17.