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Second Burnaby school hit by COVID-19

St. Helen's School, in the Heights neighbourhood, was notified Wednesday about an exposure.
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COVID-19 has hit a second Burnaby school – this time a private Catholic elementary school.

Fraser Health has reported an exposure at St. Helen’s School in the Burnaby Heights neighbourhood.

Someone with COVID-19 was at the school on Sept. 25, 28, 29 and 30 and on Oct. 1, according to the health authority.

Fraser Health sent an early notification letter to the school Wednesday, and the school passed it on to families that afternoon, according to the school.

“We notified everybody as soon as we were told,” a secretary at the school told the NOW.

She said that, as of Thursday afternoon, no parents had emailed the school back with concerns.

“Which is awesome because they trust the system,” the secretary said.

Fraser Health is now contact tracing to identify any staff or students who need to self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms.

Only those directly exposed to COVID-19 at the school will be contacted by public health, according to the health authority.

St. Helen’s and Alpha Secondary School are the only schools in Burnaby to have seen a COVID-19 exposure so far.

St. Helen’s principal, Waldemar Sambor, declined the NOW’s request for an interview.