Abbotsford Christian Middle School staff and students are being asked to self-isolate until Nov. 24. (File photo)

Abbotsford Christian Middle School staff and students are being asked to self-isolate until Nov. 24. (File photo)

Middle school in Abbotsford’s self-isolation request due to COVID-19 extended by one day

ACMS staff and students to self-isolate until Nov. 24, secondary and elementary re-open Nov. 18

Abbotsford Christian Middle School will remain closed until Nov. 24 due to multiple positive COVID-19 cases recorded from students and staff.

The school temporarily closed on Monday (Nov. 16), and were initially requested to self-isolate until Nov. 23 but that request has been extended by one day.

A letter from the school was issued to families on Sunday (Nov. 15), indicating that Fraser Health had determined that the site was experiencing “several COVID-19 cases that cross multiple cohorts.”

The letter stated that the self-isolation period was to run from Nov. 9 to 23. (The school was closed for Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, and Nov. 12 and 13 were professional development days.)

According to a press release from ACS, in-class instruction at the elementary (including preschool) and secondary campuses will continue, beginning on Wednesday (Nov. 18) after a thorough cleaning.

There was no in-class instruction at either of those sites on Monday or Tuesday.

“We continue to be pleased with Fraser Health’s response and the work they are doing on our case,” stated Julius Siebenga, Executive Director of ACS in the release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those in our community who have tested positive for COVID-19. We commend our staff and families for doing their part in following the health and safety protocols and for navigating through this challenging time together.”

VIDEO: Siebenga explained more in a Facebook video posted on Tuesday morning

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