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In his latest video update, Surrey Schools Supt. Jordan Tinney talks about the increase of COVID-19 cases in our community and ongoing efforts to ensure we're doing all we can to keep schools safe for students and staff.
One new initiative he said, has been partnering with Fraser Health to do a "deep dive" and take a closer look at one of our large secondary schools.
"We've been working with them for a couple weeks on bringing a team -- a combination of health authority and district staff and our union partners -- to collaborate in school," says Tinney, "spending hours in the school, in a day where you can take a look in terms of visiting classes, touring the schools, watching breaks, watching transitions, watching classes unfold, and really see what it's like on the ground in one of our schools."
Tinney also touches on the importance of wearing masks in all school common areas, and talks about some of the benefits of having school open, such as recent community/school efforts to bring pumpkin patches to students in lieu of their usual field trips to farms.
"We are finding new ways within our protocols, to celebrate and share the magic that is a smile on a child's face. It's great to see and what could be better in our current context, than just a little happiness in the lives of our children and youth and finding our own unique way and new normal?"
Written transcripts of the video message in English, Punjabi, Arabic and Chinese are available here.