Second recent COVID-19 school exposure at Revelstoke elementary school

New exposures at Arrow Heights Elementary School came on Feb. 9-11 and 16. There was an exposure event at the school last week, listed as Feb. 8-9.

File photo: A school bus near Revelstoke Secondary School. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Arrow Heights Elementary School in Revelstoke has experienced another COVID-19 school exposure event.

A Feb. 18 letter with combined Revelstoke School District No. 19 and Interior Health letterhead sent to parents and school community members notified of exposures on Feb. 9-11 and Feb. 16.

Previously, the school district sent another letter to the school community warning of an exposure on Feb. 8–9. The latest exposure incident is not listed on the Interior Health website that reports school exposures.

The letter indicates “a member” of the school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and was isolating.

In the letter, school district superintendent Mike Hooker said safety is the district’s focus: “The safety and well-being of our students, families and staff remains our highest priority. Please be reassured that our school will continue to implement the strict protocols and procedures we have in place so that children can continue to attend school as safely as possible.”

The letter states the school district is helping Interior Health with contact tracing, “to determine if any other members of our school community were in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19, and if any additional steps are required.”

The school district said the health authority will determine close contacts and could contact school community members.

“If you are not contacted by Interior Health Authority, it has been determined that your child is not at risk of developing COVID-19,” the letter stated.

The letter said students should continue to come to school while contact tracing is underway.

The school district letter said it would not be providing further details in order to maintain personal privacy rights.

Revelstoke COVID-19 new cases increase

The BCCDC weekly COVID-19 new case report by Local Health Area. This image covers Feb. 7-13, 2021. Photo: BCCDC image

In the latest weekly reporting period from Feb. 7-13, there were 22 new COVID-19 cases in the Revelstoke LHA.

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