Coronavirus exposure confirmed involving students, staff at Metro Vancouver private school

Sep 8 2020, 12:03 pm

An exposure to COVID-19 has been confirmed with students and staff at Mulgrave, a private school located in West Vancouver.

The private international school, which teaches students from Pre-K to Grade 12, told Daily Hive that they were contacted by Vancouver Coastal Health on Sunday evening.

“The exposure involves Grade 9 students and occurred while they were away from campus for an off-site day camp experience,” said Mulgrave in a letter to parents.

A “small group” of students and staff were identified to be at risk, and the group has been directed to self-isolate for 14 days. Affected students are participating in hybrid online learning, while affected teachers are doing their lessons remotely.

Mulgrave also added that the camp activities “took place outdoors within learning groups” and stressed that they “involved physical distancing.”

Additionally, because the exposure occurred outside of the school, there will be no closure or precautions taken other than the daily cleaning that takes place. Students and staff that were not told by VCH to self-isolate are not considered to be at risk.

“Mulgrave will continue to be vigilant in the implementation of protocols and procedures that we have in place so that children can continue to attend school as safely as possible,” wrote John Wray, Head of School, in a statement.

“This event may feel like a setback, but such exposures are expected and we have faith in the system that Vancouver Coastal Health has put in place. We feel confident that the extra precautions that they are recommending are effective steps that will help keep our community safe.”

Mulgrave reopened for the school year on August 20 and remains open.

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