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EDMONTON – One Edmonton, Alta. Woman calls on province to implement better contact tracing policies in schools after her 10-year-old granddaughter contracted COVID-19 at school and passed the infection on to her elderly grandfather .

Megan Elliot says it wasn’t until her daughter got sick that she knew there was a possible case of COVID-19 at her school, let alone an outbreak.

“What we learned was that schools – if they didn’t have parental permission – they weren’t able to notify anyone in the class who might have been in close contact. [with an infected student] Elliot told CTV National News Thursday.

“And therefore, if a parent did not notify the school and chose to keep the child at home because he thought he had a cold and the symptoms had stopped, he was able to return to school and maybe still have COVID. ”

On Wednesday, the Alberta government resumed public reporting of active outbreaks in schools, overturning the province’s decision in August to end reporting of COVID-19 cases unless there is a school-wide absence rate of 10% or more.

The latest provincial data, released Thursday, shows 54 schools have reported outbreaks of the virus, while more than 750 have reported at least two cases.

It comes after an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases in the province over the past month, where children between the ages of five and nine were the most active COVID-19 cases in Alberta of all age groups by relative to its population.

“If we had known, we would have put precautions in place,” Elliot said.

“It has caused quite a frustrating situation for us because we want to be fully united. We have all been vaccinated. We have provided everything we need to do. But the end result, she brought it home anyway.

And while the province says school districts will begin notifying parents if their child is exposed to COVID-19 next week, and contact tracing for schools will resume in November, Elliot says more needs to be done to protect families.

“They can easily take it home to older parents and grandparents raising the child, who may not be vaccinated for some reason,” she said, adding Aubree, 10, , and his vaccinated 85-year-old grandfather are doing well. good so far.

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