Surrey school deep cleaned after COVID-19 case confirmed


A Surrey elementary school was deep cleaned this weekend after its gymnasium was rented to a community group that included a person later diagnosed with COVID-19.

The infected person did not have contact with the school’s student or staff, so the risk of infection for staff and students at Serpentine Heights Elementary is considered low.

A letter sent to families late Sunday and posted online said the individual infected with the novel coronavirus was inside the school gymnasium when it was rented to a community group.

Fraser Health officials contacted the school and district on Saturday to inform them of the COVID-19 case.

The Surrey school district superintendent, Jordan Tinney, said in the letter that the school had suspended all community rentals for now.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we have initiated a deep clean protocol in the specific school over the weekend in preparation for classes on Monday,” said Tinney.

The statement goes on to remind families that COVID-19 is only spread through droplets, which require close contact with saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person. The statement also reminds people to wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and to shield their mouth and nose with the inside of their elbow or arm when sneezing or coughing.

“To help students comply with this advice, we will reinforce these recommendations on our daily morning announcements and in classrooms around the district,” Tinney wrote.