Undated Google Maps image of Willoughby Elementary school (file)

Undated Google Maps image of Willoughby Elementary school (file)

COVID case at Willoughby ELementary

School district reports first exposure in June

Langley school district has reported it’s first case of COVID-19 for the month of June.

On Saturday, June 19, a notice to Willoughby Elementary parents and students said someone with COVID-19 was at the school, at 20766 80th Ave., on June 11, 2021.

They are now self-isolating at home with support from local public health teams.

A public health risk assessment is underway.

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It is the only Langley case this month, and the only one listed by the Fraser Health online list of school exposures.

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RETURN TO ‘NEAR-NORMAL’

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When school resumes in September, the province has outlined a return to “near-normal” conditions.

Langley school supt. Gord Stewart called it “welcome news and a huge relief for our system which has faced so many challenges in the last 15 months.”

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Stewart said the District will be spending time reviewing the K-12 Education Recovery Plan and working over the summer to implement it.

As announced by the province, daily health checks will continue, as will a policy of staying home when sick, and “diligent hand washing,” Stewart explained.

There will be no cohorts and learning groups, and sports and extra-curricular activities will return.

“Our schools will continue to take direction from public health officials regarding mask wearing, which is expected to follow policy in the community, and will be updated in August,” Stewart said.

To help students and staff, make the transition out of the recovery phase of the pandemic, additional support will be provided for students with a focus on mental health and learning support.


Is there more to the story? Email: dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

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