(Abbotsford News file photo)

(Abbotsford News file photo)

COVID exposures reported at 19 Abbotsford schools since Sept. 16

Total of 15 public schools and four independent schools listed by Fraser Health

Fifteen public schools and four independent schools in Abbotsford have had COVID-19 exposures since Sept. 16, according to Fraser Health.

The province resumed posting COVID school exposures on 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.)

Abbotsford Christian School (ACS) moved 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.

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Three other local independent schools recording COVID exposures are Mennonite Educational Institute (Sept. 21-25 and 27-28), St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary (Sept. 23-24 and 27-29) and Cornerstone Christian (21-24, 27-30 and Oct. 1).

Local public schools that have had exposures and (listed on the website as of Wednesday, Oct. 6) are:

• Abbotsford Middle School – Sept. 23-24 and 27-29;

• Abbotsford School of the Integrated Arts (Sumas Mountain campus) – Sept. 17 and 20-24;

• Abbotsford Senior Secondary – Sept. 20;

• Alexander Elementary – Sept. 21-23;

• Clayburn Middle – Sept. 17, 21-24 and 27-28;

• Dormick Park Elementary – Sept. 20-22;

• Fraser Middle – Sept. 17 and 20-24;

• Godson Elementary – Sept. 23;

• Howe Middle – Sept. 23;

• Prince Charles Elementary – Sept. 22-23;

• Robert Bateman Secondary – Sept. 17 , 20-24 and 27;

• Sandy Hill Elementary – Sept. 27;

• Upper Sumas Elementary – Sept. 17 and 20;

• W. J. Mouat Secondary – Sept. 27-29; and

• Yale Secondary – Sept. 16 and 17.

Schools are removed from the Fraser Health list 14 days after the last exposure date.

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.

RELATED: B.C. resumes online posting of COVID ‘potential exposure events’ in schools

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