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Five Langley schools added to COVID list on Saturday

Two elementary, two secondary, and one middle school are reporting someone with coronavirus
D.W. Poppy Secondary is one of the latest schools in Langley to report a COVID exposure, sending out early notification letters on Saturday, Nov. 21. (Screengrab/Langley School District)

Five more schools in Langley have reported COVID-19 exposures in the past day.

Saturday night, the local school district issued statements to parent from two elementary, two secondary schools, and one middle school in the community.

The list includes Aldergrove Community and D.W. Poppy Secondaries, Yorkson Creek Middle School, as well as Glenwood and Simonds Elementary.

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Each school was given what the district calls early notification letters where district superintendent Gord Stewart confirms someone within the school community has tested positive.

At Yorkson and D.W. Poppy, the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was at the school on Nov. 12.

For Aldergrove Community Secondary, the person with the coronavirus was at the school on Nov. 13 and 16.

For Glenwood, the infected person was at school on Nov. 10, while Simonds Elementary/U-Connect is the most recent potential exposure with the person who is COVID-positive having been at the school on Nov. 17.

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“Receiving this letter does not mean you have been exposed to COVID-19. Case(s) have been isolated, and there is no direct exposure risk at this time,” Stewart said.

Each of the schools has initiated contact tracing to rapidly identify any staff and students that need to self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms, he said, while noting that Fraser Health is continuing to investigate the exposure at the various schools.

They will only phone staff and students who public health has identified as needing to self-isolate for 14 days from when they were exposed, Stewart explained in his letter.

“It is important,” he said, “to note that receipt of this letter does not mean you will be contacted by public health. You will not be contacted by public health unless you were directly exposed to COVID-19.”



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