What appears to be a considerable COVID-19 outbreak is resulting in all Elizabeth Middle School students moving to online learning for at least two weeks.

Yesterday, families of Elizabeth Middle School students began receiving alerts regarding COVID-19 detection within the school. Then just before 5:00pm letters from the Director of Education and the local Medical Health Officer confirmed that the outbreak was large enough to warrant moving the school's population to online learning.

"Given this and further information from Public Health, Sun West School Division initiating a COVID-19 circuit breaker," Director of Education Randy Emmerson's letter said.

The Health Officer's letter to families indicates that the classes immediately exposed to the outbreak are required too self-isolate. A vaccine alerts for those that are eligible was also encouraged.

“We strongly recommend that everyone who is eligible gets both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series,” The Health Officer wrote. “Including household members of students and staff members.”

Last week provincial Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab revealed that a majority of cases under the age of 11 in the province, are in homes where adults are not fully vaccinated.

We’ll have more as it becomes available.