Twelve schools in the Cowichan Valley have now reported cases of COVID-19 in their school communities since school resumed this fall.
Alex Aitken Elementary became the latest school added to the list on the independently operated BC School Covid Tracker on Thursday, with four separate cases in the school community added over the weekend. The website included screenshots of letters sent home from Aitken, the latest dated Sunday, Sept. 19.
A case in a school community does not necessarily mean that an infected person has been to the school but that staff or students or even a visitor has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
The following schools have reported cases in their school communities so far this fall:
Bench Elementary (two cases)
Frances Kelsey Secondary (one case)
Drinkwater Elementary (three cases)
Cowichan Secondary (three cases)
Quamichan School (three cases)
Lake Cowichan School (three cases)
Tansor Elementary (two cases)
Queen of Angels School (one case)
Discovery Elementary (six cases)
Khowhemun Elementary (three cases)
École Mount Prevost Elementary (two cases)
Alex Aitken Elementary (four cases)
The cases have been reported via emails or letters sent home to parents. The BC School Covid Tracker has posted screenshots of several of the letters.
Students in School District 79 are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated for COVID-19 if they are eligible. All students in grades 4-12 are required to wear masks at school.