Fraser Health Region 3 schools closed due to COVID-19 cases

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VANCOUVER – Three schools in the Fraser Health Region are closing for two weeks due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in health authorities. Fraser Health said on Saturday it had declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Cambridge Primary School in Surrey and advised the local school district to shut down the facility for two weeks.

The health authority also said it was monitoring two “clusters” of coronavirus cases in schools in the region, one at Jarvis Primary School in Delta and the other at Al-Hidayah School, one New Westminster independent school.

Although Fraser Health did not order or advise these schools to close, each decided to “functionally close” for a two-week period “due to the staffing challenges presented by the cluster,” said the health authority.

There are seven cases of COVID-19 associated with the Cambridge Elementary outbreak, six cases associated with the Jarvis Elementary cluster and eight cases associated with the Al-Hidayah School cluster, according to Fraser Health.

Surrey School District Superintendent Jordan Tinney announced the Cambridge Elementary outbreak ahead of the health authority, sharing a letter to the school community on his Twitter account.

“Fraser Health believes this two week period will stop the spread and transmission of the disease,” the letter read.

The school is expected to reopen on Monday, November 30.

“We recognize that it has been a stressful time as you await further information, and appreciate that this closure will cause disruption and inconvenience for many,” said Tinney’s letter. “The safety of our school community is of the utmost importance and we appreciate your patience and understanding. ”

The director’s letter advises recipients to expect details on home learning during the shutdown to be provided on Sunday.

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