By Andru McCracken

School District 57 superintendent Anita Richardson said that while there have been some exposures to the virus at Prince George Schools there have been no outbreaks and no transmissions in school.

An exposure is when someone who has tested positive for COVID was infectious while in the school.

“Northern Health tracks back a couple days before the onset of symptoms. We have had a handful of cases connected to the schools but no transmission at the school setting,” said Richardson.

Throughout the term, masks have been mandatory in secondary schools, except where the number of students is very low, like Valemount and McBride secondary schools, but even there teachers on call and any other visitors to the schools are required to wear a mask.

In Prince George some kids who stay within a small cohort are allowed to go mask free.

“Some students who cross cohorts have to wear a mask all the time,” she said. She said there are times students can be mask free if they choose.

Richardson said she agrees with the Provincial Health Officer that schools are the safest place for students to be.