School Districts in the Valley are moving to virtual learning formats due to increasing cases of COVID-19.
This is the first confirmed exposure within a SD69 school.
There are new exposures at eight Vancouver public schools.
Westport Schools Superintendent Thomas Scarice issued a notice to parents on Monday, Nov. 23 cautioning that there were three confirmed COVID-19 cases in Staples High School, two of which were confirmed over the weekend, and the third on Monday.
Last week, the Whatcom County health officer changed his recommendation and advised schools to pause plans to expand in-person instruction for middle and high school students in light of the recent and ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases. St. George's Senior Campus had an exposure from November 16 to 18, St. Francis of Assisi Elementary also had an exposure from November 16 to 18, and King David Secondary School had an exposure on November 16.
Five more public schools in Richmond have reported exposures.
Last week, a class at Birchwood Elementary School returned to remote learning until November 30.
Island Health lists the exposure event as occurring on November 18 and 19.
"Not only does each positive case impact the affected individual's health, it also impacts the lives of others as well as the learning environment in our school buildings", the email said. The Collingwood School had someone show up while infected on November 16.
According to Island Health, families who have children that attend the school do not need to take any additional actions unless they are contacted by public health staff.