Island Health has added a Vancouver Island elementary school’s school bus route to its COVID-19 exposure list as of Wednesday morning.
The health authority is warning of a possible exposure along the Black Creek school bus route, which heads to Miracle Beach Elementary School, located at 8763 Paulsen Rd. in Black Creek.
The reported exposure along the bus route occurred over a series of days.
Officials are cautioning parents, students and staff about a possible exposure between Jan. 4 and Jan. 8.
A letter has been sent out by the school superintendent in order to warn the Miracle Beach Elementary School community.
According to Island Health, exposure is defined as a single person with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection who attended school during their infectious period.
Island Health notes that if a parent or guardian sees a notification on the health authority’s school exposure site, it does not necessarily mean their child has been exposed to COVID-19.
Island Health outlines that Public Health members work with the school and school district to ensure close contacts are notified directly and provided specific guidance.
If a parent or guardian does not receive a phone call or letter from Public Health, a child can continue to attend school, Island Health notes.
The bus route in Black Creek becomes the seventh school-related exposure announced by Island Health in the past week.
Below is a list of the other schools that have been linked to COVID-19:
- Chemainus Secondary School in Chemainus
- St. Michaels University School (*Junior School) in Victoria
- NIDES/ Navigation SD71 Distance Education in Courtenay
- Duncan Christian School in Duncan
- Quamichan Middle School in Duncan
- Cowichan Secondary School in Duncan