A second COVID exposure confirmed in a Greater Victoria school

An independent Victoria school had a confirmed COVID-19 exposure, the second in a capital region school.

The exposure was at the School for Ideal Education on Belmont Avenue on Nov. 16 and 17.

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The Oaklands elementary school has been operating since 1988 offering “small class sizes and nature-based, holistic education ensure personalized attention for each student,” according to its website.

Kwalicum Secondary School in Qualicum Beach has also had a COVID-19 exposure. According to a notice from the health authority, the infected person was at the school on Nov. 18 and 19.

Island Health says notification of an exposure is posted when a single person with lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection attends a school during their infectious period.

Last week Island Health announced an exposure at Lakeview Christian School, where a single person with a laboratory-confirmed infection attended the school during their infectious period.

There have been several exposures or clusters at Island schools this month, affecting four schools in Nanaimo and one in Ladysmith. Earlier school cases were seen in Port Alberni and Campbell River.

Education Minister Rob Fleming has said the focus is to avoid school closures adding the proportion of cases in school-aged children remains low and transmission in schools is very rare.

As of last week, there had been no instances of COVID-19 being trasmitted in Island schools, according to Dr. Sandra Allison, the Central Island’s medical health officer.

A list of school exposures can be found on the Island Health website.

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