Another day, another coronavirus exposure reported at school on Vancouver Island.
Island Health, over the past 24 hours, has added Maple Bay Elementary School — located on Donnay Drive in North Cowichan — to its COVID-19 exposure list.
The potential dates of exposure are April 12, 13, 14 and 15.
A total of 17 schools are currently on Island Health’s exposure list, including Alexander Elementary and Drinkwater Elementary, which are also located in the Cowichan Valley.
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.
The health authority 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.
However, following a spike in exposures at multiple schools on Vancouver Island, more and more parents continue to pull their kids from the classroom.
Island Health says that if a parent or guardian sees a notification on its school exposure site, it does not necessarily mean their child has been exposed to COVID-19.
If a parent or guardian does not receive a phone call or letter from public health, a child can continue to attend school, according to Island Health.
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