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Surrey school shuts down due to COVID-19 outbreak after 30 positive tests

Last Updated Dec 11, 2020 at 11:06 pm PST

Regent Christian Academy has closed because of a COVID-19 outbreak after 30 people test positive. (Image Credit: CityNews)

A COVID-19 outbreak has been confirmed at Regent Christian Academy in Surrey

At least 30 people have tested positive for the virus

The school is switching to remote learning until Dec. 18 when winter break starts

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — An outbreak has been declared at a Surrey school after at least 30 people have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Fraser Health Authority.

To break the chains of transmission, Regent Christian Academy will be shutting down as a result and move to online learning until Dec. 18, which is when it would have closed anyway for winter break.

Contact tracers have started informing people who may have been in close contact with COVID-19 carriers to self-monitor for symptoms or to isolate.

Families were notified of the outbreak Thursday, but the private school’s website hasn’t posted about the situation as of Friday morning.

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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry shut down the idea of extending winter break for schools around the province despite calls from advocates to do so.

The decision against extending or beginning the winter break at schools earlier has highlighted a communication gap between the province and teachers.

The majority of the dozens of school exposures posted Thursday were in the Fraser Health region. Roughly a third of B.C. schools have had an exposure event so far.

For more information on school exposures in the region, click here.