Coast Mountain Academy

February 3, 2021

Hello CMA parents & students,

I have great news. Just before noon today I was able to confirm with Vancouver Coastal Health that, from their extensive contact tracing, no exposure whatsoever occurred at CMA. In other words, our student who has become positive was not at CMA during the infectious period.

Furthermore, none of our other students or staff are considered Close Contacts surrounding this transmission. As such, VCH will not be considering this a “School Exposure.”

Another piece of good news is that the cleaning company that we employ is willing to speed up the deep clean of classrooms which we immediately initiated yesterday afternoon.

Because of all of this, we will be re-opening our campus to in-person instruction on Friday, Feb. 5th.

One question I’ve been asked a lot recently is, on C-19 screening forms, do I have to check “Yes” to the question about “being in contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days?” I asked this question to our VCH case representative, and she informed me that no, you should be selecting “No” to this question (unless you have been exposed elsewhere), as, again, nobody else from our organization is deemed to have been exposed.

Moving forward, I think we can all agree that it’s time to put on our supportive hats as we support our student and family back to health. We look forward to welcoming them back into our midst once they are able, and wish them a speedy recovery. Know that the CMA community is thinking of you!

Finally, I’d like to thank all members of the community for your positive communications, timely actions, and patience over the last 24 hours. It will be great to see all students again on Friday after one more day of Remote Learning.

Best regards,

Brett Logan
CMA Head of School

February 2, 2021

RE: CMA School Community Member Tested Positive for COVID-19

Hello CMA parents and students,

A grade 7 student from our school community has tested positive for COVID-19. They are self-isolating at home with support from their family and local public health teams.

The details of this case as we know them so far are that this transmission came from within the home.

Regardless, CMA will switch to Remote Learning until the end of the school week (Friday, Feb. 5th). We feel this transition is absolutely necessary to limit any possible exposure among our community while we wait to hear from Vancouver Coastal Health. Working collaboratively with VCH, we will then determine the safest path forward. By Friday, another message will be sent home that details the plan for next week. Students are asked to please watch their email inboxes for further details about the Remote Learning Schedule.

We expect to hear from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) soon, to undertake contact tracing and determine if any other members of our school community were in contact with the student who tested positive for COVID-19, and if any additional steps are required. We will be following the protocol established for these circumstances:

  • VCH will perform contact tracing;

  • VCH will determine if anyone in the school community was in close contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 while they were potentially infectious;

  • VCH will determine if anyone in the school community is a close contact that is required to self-isolate.

If you are contacted by VCH, please follow their advice. If you are not contacted by VCH, it has been determined that your child is not at risk of developing COVID-19.

To send students home, ask them to stay apart, and ask them to learn remotely is a difficult decision to make and one that we do not take lightly, but the safety of our community is our highest priority.


Brett Logan
CMA Head of School

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