School District 72 has cancelled all school-related and district-sponsored gatherings effective immediately.

This comes after the first COVID-19 case was reported on Vancouver Island yesterday.

Associate Superintendents Morgan Kyle and Philip Cizmic say “as we are all aware, the circumstances of COVID-19 is changing daily and we must respond accordingly to the information that’s available to us.”

They add the district understands that this decision will come as a “disappointment” to its school communities.

“Given that so many extended family and community attend these events and that COVID-19 is a particular risk for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions we felt these cancellations were necessary at this time.”

As health officials have begun cautioning against large gatherings, the district is cancelling events to try to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Schools will continue to remain open.