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When Rosemary Heights Elementary shared a notification letter from Fraser Health about a fourth COVID-19 exposure earlier this week, parents, students and the school community knew exactly what they needed to do – rally support for the invaluable staff at the school.
"Our school has been getting a lot of attention because of the exposures we've had recently," explains Miyoung Tereposky, a parent at the school. "This school is so much more than just a school with COVID. The teachers and staff are a part of our village. They help raise our kids and we want them to know that it does not go unnoticed. We appreciate them showing up every day despite all of the anxiety they must be facing."
On Wednesday afternoon, the Rosemary Heights Elementary Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) sent a message to the school community asking families to display messages of support for school staff that they'd see when they arrived at work in the morning.
"We asked families to bring chalk and leave messages of support on the sidewalk, posters and painted rocks to show their appreciation," says Tereposky. "Despite everything, our teachers and school staff have been coming to work and putting their own anxieties aside to make every day a fun, happy and relaxed space for our kids. We just wanted to show our appreciation."
The community came out in force, posting and carrying signs, and covering sidewalks, walkways and the parking lot with chalk messages.
"The response has been overwhelming," says principal David Dekerf. "This has been a difficult week for our entire school community, and it's just so amazing to see everyone come together like this."