Surrey school district Superintendent Jordan Tinney says there are “significant” changes coming to the way Fraser Health notifies schools of possible COVID-19 exposures.
In a tweet Saturday (Dec. 5), Tinney said with the changes, Fraser Health will “now specifically (be) informing people in a class whether they have been exposed or not exposed.”
Significant changes coming today to @Fraserhealth school exposure protocols. Now specifically informing people in a class whether they have been exposed or not exposed. Thx PVP's, @SurreyTeachers @CUPE728 for our meetings. #sd36learn @CityofSurrey pic.twitter.com/DCeqPUqyuv
— Jordan Tinney (@jordantinney) December 5, 2020
The changes start Saturday, according to Tinney’s tweet.
There will be three different types of letters that go to a school community: early notification of exposure, early notification for no exposure and and early notification to the entire school.
The early notification of exposure is “only the classes where a positive case was in attendance during their infectious period will get this letter.”
All others in the school will get a “not exposed” letter.
The entire school community will get the early notification “only when a case is not attached to any specific class.” An example would be “where the case is a vice-principal who would not be assigned a specific class.”
When these letters are sent, according to the tweet, contact tracing is “still underway.”
As soon as contact tracing is completed, Fraser Health will issue a school bulletin “to let the school community know that all their work with the associated positive case is completed.”