Hatzic Middle School has had another COVID-19 exposure, according to Fraser Health.
The exposure took place on Dec. 1, 2 and 3, and is the fourth exposure to occur at the middle school.
There have now been eight exposures in Mission’s schools. There were three exposures in a row at Hatzic Middle starting in October, three exposures in mid November at Mission Central Elementary, Christine Morrison Elementary and Edwin S. Richards Elementary, and Mission Senior Secondary had exposures at the tail end of November.
An “exposure event” is defined on the health authority’s website as “a single person with lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection who attended school during their infectious period.”
“Exposure events” are the most contained of such classifications, followed by “cluster events” (two or more individuals are infected), and “outbreak events” (infection and transmission are widespread).
A notification does not mean that other children at the school have been exposed to COVID-19.
If parents do not receive a phone call or letter from Public Health, their child should continue to attend school.
The COVID-19 school notification process consists of the following protocols:
• Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with.
• Close contacts who may be at an increased risk are identified and notified, and they are advised to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
• Public Health determines who is a close contact. Learning groups, friends or other connections may be determined to not be a close contact.
• Public Health staff works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community.