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Mar 30
March 30 video update from Supt. Jordan Tinney: Additional targeted measures, staff vaccinations & mask order


As we pass the one-year mark when the COVID-19 pandemic began to change our education system, Surrey Schools Superintendent Jordan Tinney provides a video update summarizing targeted additional measures being taken in schools, vaccinations and the new mask order for our staff and students.

The additional measures are plentiful, but include steps to:

  • eliminate all visitations to schools by district staff unless organized previously by the school principal.
  • have all teachers specifically teach health and safety protocols to their students to reaffirm the importance of the hierarchy of controls and what they mean for children.
  • moving maintenance activities to hours outside instructional time or to schools only determined to have low prevalence of cases.
  • eliminate teachers and others moving across classes, even within a cohort. This means stopping teachers with specific subject expertise sharing classes in upper intermediate is a practice.  
  • encourage all students and parents to leave the school grounds when school is over.
  • reinforce the zones of play and re-examine the options for staggered lunch and break times as a way to minimize contact.
  • look at moving StrongStart programs online as a means to reduce adult contact in buildings.

 

We also have the new mask order in place, which requires all students Grades 4-12 and all staff in kindergarten to Grade 12 to wear a mask at all times when inside a school, with a few exceptions. And many of our school-based staff have been receiving their vaccinations during the past week to add another layer of safety in our schools.

"One year ago, we didn't have children in school. I believe that having children in school, where they belong, is our top priority," says Tinney. "It is the balance of fighting the pandemic and providing our society with all the services that schools provide from education to social connections, to nutrition and mental health supports."

You can also view the video update at www.surreyschools.ca/covid19, where there are written transcripts in English, Punjabi, Chinese and Arabic.

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