Abbotsford Christian Middle School staff and students were asked in a Nov. 15 letter, to self-isolate until Nov. 24. (File photo)

Abbotsford Christian Middle School staff and students were asked in a Nov. 15 letter, to self-isolate until Nov. 24. (File photo)

More COVID-19 exposures recorded at independent Abbotsford Christian schools by Fraser Health

Abbotsford Christian Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Cornerstone Christian school listed

Independent Christian schools in Abbotsford recorded numerous exposures at the end of November, according to Fraser Health.

Abbotsford Christian Secondary recorded exposures on Nov. 19, 20, 23, 24, 25 and 26; Abbotsford Christian Middle recorded a single exposure on Nov. 25; while Abbotsford Christian Elementary recorded exposures on Nov. 18, 19, 20 and 24.

Meanwhile, Cornerstone Christian school recorded exposures on Nov. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.

Fraser Health previously listed exposures at “Abbotsford Christian” on Nov. 18, 19, 20 and 23, without specifying which schools were affected.

Abbotsford Christian Middle temporarily closed down on Nov. 16, after recording six cases in a single day. All students and staff were asked to self-isolate until Nov. 24 in a letter to families on Nov. 15. It said Fraser Health identified “several COVID-19 cases that cross multiple cohorts.”

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.

RELATED: Fraser Health lists 3 more Abbotsford schools with COVID-19 exposures from Nov. 18 to 23

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