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More than a dozen Surrey schools report new possible COVID-19 exposures

The SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO-NIAID-RML)

The Surrey school district sent out COVID-19 exposure notices to 16 different school communities on Tuesday

The new exposure notices in B.C.'s largest school district come amid a rising number of cases across the province

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – COVID-19 exposures are continuing to hit schools hard in Surrey, with the district sending out notices to parents with kids at 16 different elementaries and secondaries.

The notices were issued on Tuesday. Secondary schools impacted are Lord Tweedsmuir, Princess Margaret, Frank Hurt, Panorama Ridge, Guildford Park, Johnston Heights, Sullivan Heights, Elgin Park, Enver Creek, and Cloverdale Learning Centre.

Bear Creek, Georges Vanier, Hyland, Green Timbers, Riverdale, and Newton are the elementary schools with new exposures.

The new exposure notices in B.C.’s largest school district come amid a rising number of cases across the province, particularly in the Fraser Health region. The majority of the province’s COVID-19 cases have been reported in that region.

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The idea of schools closing early for winter break has also been raised, but Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry acknowledged there are a number of factors to consider.

Meanwhile, the BC Teachers’ Federation said earlier this week it expected to see more school closures as the virus continues to spread. That came after Fraser Health announced three schools shuttered due to staffing shortages. Surrey parents had said the forced closure of Cambridge Elementary seemed inevitable.