The Qualicum School District is advising parents staff and students about a new possible COVID-19 exposure date at a Parksville Secondary School.
Ballenas Secondary, located at 135 Pym St in Parksville, is reporting a potential exposure in the school on April 6.
Earlier this week, students and staff were warned of two other possible exposure dates at the facility on March 31 and April 1.
“Public health staff are completing contact tracing to identify any individuals needing to self-isolate and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms,” reads a statement from the school district. “A general notification to the school community was issued on the afternoon of April 9, 2021.”
School officials, along with Island Health, have highlighted that any parents or students who have not received a phone call from public health officials are to continue attending school and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
Ballenas Secondary is currently one of 12 schools that have been added to Island Health’s exposure list since a return to the classroom following March break.
Victoria High, Mount Douglas Secondary and Arbutus Middle School in Greater Victoria were all added to the list on April 8.
Island Health has warned students, parents and staff to expect rising school exposures in the coming weeks due to a surge in COVID-19 cases over spring break.
With a growing concern surrounding case numbers and COVID-19 variants in British Columbia, some parents have opted to pull their children out of school due to the increased risks.
An exposure is defined by Island Health as a single person with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection who attended school during their infectious period.