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The Surrey School District has experienced more school-based exposures than any other district in our province. These exposures are a direct reflection of COVID-19 cases in our community, with the Surrey and White Rock areas experiencing more cases of COVID-19 than any other community in British Columbia.
"Our schools have had a number of exposures that are community acquired, and that have not resulted in school-based transmission," explains Laurie Larsen, Chair of the Surrey Board of Education.
"This is a testament to the fact that our staff and students are protecting each other and following protocols consistent with public health guidelines and recommendations. But our Board also recognizes that our community is dealing with a high burden of COVID-19 cases, and so we feel it's prudent to introduce new targeted health and safety measures to further protect our staff and students."
Consultations regarding these additional measures, developed in partnership with Fraser Health, will begin at targeted sites when school resumes after spring break on March 29. These measures include:
These steps are just a summary of a more comprehensive plan to respond to the increased cases in the Surrey and White Rock areas, while adhering to the established provincial health and safety guidelines. This plan will also integrate with the rapid response teams working with high exposures incidents.
"The safety and well-being of our students, families and staff remains our district's highest priority," explains Dr. Jordan Tinney, Superintendent for Surrey Schools.
"We recognize the importance of face-to-face learning and are committed to ensuring our students can continue to learn as safely as possible by following all appropriate measures to limit the spread of illness. We will continue to engage with our local and provincial partners at Fraser Health, BCCDC and the provincial government to carefully examine data related to exposures in our schools and community, and further refine and reassess plans and additional measures as needed to keep our staff and students safe and in school."
Ritinder Matthew, Communications Manager