Ten schools in the Cowichan Valley have now reported cases of COVID-19 in their school communities.
Khowhemun Elementary became the latest school added to the list on the indepenently operated BC School Covid Tracker on Thursday, with two separate cases in the school community. The website included screenshots of letters sent home from Khowhemun dated Thursday, Sept. 16.
A case in a school community does not necessarily mean that an infected person has been to the school but that staff or students or even a visitor has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
The following schools have reported cases in their school communities so far this fall:
Bench Elementary (one case)
Frances Kelsey Secondary (one case)
Drinkwater Elementary (two cases)
Cowichan Secondary (three cases)
Quamichan School (one case)
Lake Cowichan School (two cases)
Tansor Elementary (one case)
Queen of Angels School (one case)
Discovery Elementary (four cases)
Khowhemun Elementary (two cases)
The cases have been reported via emails or letters sent home to parents. The BC School Covid Tracker has posted screenshots of several of the letters.
Students in School District 79 are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated for COVID-19 if they are eligible. All students in grades 4-12 are required to wear masks at school.