Religious school ‘functionally’ closed for weeks after COVID exposure


VANCOUVER – A Christian college in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia “functionally” closed for two weeks after six people tested positive for COVID-19, according to health officials.

Abbotsford Christian School, which is divided into three campuses, has temporarily closed its middle school “due to staff issues posed by the exhibit,” Fraser Health said in a press release.

Officials did not say how many positive cases of the coronavirus were from students, teachers or other staff.

Abbotsford Christian School said all students and staff at its college, which covers grades 5-8, have also been asked to self-isolate until November 24 as a precaution.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those in our community who have tested positive for COVID-19,” Executive Director Julius Siebenga said in a press release. “We congratulate our staff and families for doing their part by following health and safety protocols and coming through this difficult time together.”

In-person classes resume Wednesday on primary and secondary campuses after the buildings underwent a “deep cleaning,” according to the school.

Whenever a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19, Fraser Health said public health staff work “closely with the school and school district throughout the case management process and contacts to maintain close communication with the school community “.


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