After weeks of refusing to provide basic information about COVID-19 cases in schools, the New Brunswick government has decided to set up a school-specific dashboard "in the coming days."
In a response to repeated requests for a breakdown of case numbers per school, Department of Education spokesperson Danielle Elliott said the province has put together a team to report on school outbreaks.
"In the coming days, a new dashboard will be available on the Healthy and Safe Schools website," she said in an email.
Elliott did not say if a breakdown of cases per school was going to be part of the dashboard. The province also hasn't been telling the public how many of the school cases are children under 12, who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
"We're still in the process of finalizing, but [the dashboard] will include as much information as we are able to accurately provide on a routine basis, while protecting the privacy of our students," she said.
More than a quarter of schools have had COVID-19 cases
Eighty-one schools and 44 child-care centres have had one or more COVID-19 cases since school started Sept. 7.
By comparison, 100 cases were reported in 50 schools last year, according to the province.
The rise in cases comes as New Brunswick faces its worst COVID-19 wave yet, with record daily case counts and deaths.
The affected schools account for 27 per cent of the 320 schools in the province.
According to information shared by the province in news releases, the minimum number of cases across all schools is 211.
In October alone, 41 schools and 20 child-care operations had one or more cases.
Since Sept. 13, there have been about 418 COVID cases in people under the age of 19,
The area with the most exposure is Zone 1, or the Moncton region. There have been at least 78 exposures in the Moncton area, concentrated around the city centre. In second place is Zone 3, or the Fredericton region, where a Perth-Andover wave closed down learning in person for weeks.
Here's a map of schools and daycare operations affected, along with the minimum possible number of cases found in each one:
In the beginning of the schools year the province removed mask mandates and most other COVID-19 restrictions in the community.
On Sept. 20, officials brought back some restrictions, after 20 schools were exposed. Schools went back to classroom "bubbles," more physical distancing between groups, and assemblies were cancelled.
The following is a list of schools with at least one confirmed COVID-19 case since Sep. 7, 2021, by order of most exposures:
Andover Elementary School
Galion des Appalaches
Hartland Community School
John Caldwell School
Southern Victoria High School
Dalhousie Regional High School
Edith Cavell School
Harrison Trimble High School
Maplehurst Middle School
Moncton High School
Perth-Andover Middle School
Port Elgin School
West Riverview Elementary School
École Élémentaire Sacré-Coeur
Carleton North High School
Donald Fraser Memorial School
Hillsborough Elementary School
Leo Hayes High School
Liverpool Street Elementary School
Lord Beaverbrook School
Northrop Frye School
Riverview East School
Shediac Cape School
Sugarloaf Senior High School
Sussex Elementary School
Tantramar Regional High School
Apohaqui Elementary School
Barkers Point Elementary School
Campbellton Middle School
Campobello Island Consolidated School
Carrefour de la Jeunesse
Centreville Community School
Devon Middle School
Ecole Sainte Anne
Enterprise Centre School
Evergreen Park School
Fairvale Elementary School
Forest Glen School
Forest Hill School
Fredericton High School
Hampton Elementary School
Hampton Middle School
Kennebecasis Valley High School
Keswick Valley Memorial School
King Street Elementary School
Loch Lomond School
Meduxnekeag Consolidated School
Queen Elizabeth School
Riverview High School
Saint Mary's Academy
Salisbury Middle School
Simonds High School
Stanley Consolidated School
Superior Middle School in Bathurst
École François-Xavier Daigle
École aux Quatre Vents
The following is a list of child-care facilities with at least one confirmed COVID-19 case since Sep. 7, 2021 by order of most exposures:
Centre éducatif les petits pas
Centre éducatif Le Platinum
Garderie Dragon Day Care
Garderie les Ribambelles en folies
Valley View Kids Care
Building Blocks Early Education Centre
CPE Les Poussins
Centre de Soins et Éducation Mickey & Minnie
Centre éducatif les petits pas 2
Centreville Child Care
Club Ste-Thérèse 2
Country Kids Day Care
Daycare of Memories
East Coast Kids Child Care & Learning Center
Future Footprints Family Centre
Garderie Au Royaume En Chant "T"
Garderie Au rêve des anges
Garderie Mon école - My School Child Care
Garderie Univers d'enfants II
Garderie au Bourgeonnet
Garderie du Domaine
Garderie la Découverte
Garderie le p'tit monde de Jessie
Garderie les Débrouillards
Garderie les Ptits amis de Amy
Garderie à petits pas
Greater Moncton School of Discovery Afterschool
Janie's Kid Zone
Les p'tits trésors de Steph
Love and Learn Child Centre
Miracles At First Child Care Centre
Preschool Centre on Windsor Street
Salvation Army Small Blessings Early Childhood Development Centre
Skyline Acres Recreation After School Program
Sonshine Kids Academy
Valley View Kids Care 2
Wee Care 2 Early Learning Centre
Wee Care Day Care
Wiggles & Giggles Early Learning Center
Woodstock After School Program
YW Margie's Early Learning Centre
Youth In Action Day Care