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Nov 23
Nov. 23 video message from Supt. Jordan Tinney: Reminder of steps parents & secondary students can take to keep community safe


In his latest video message, Supt. Jordan Tinney outlines measures being taken to protect schools and reminds parents and secondary students of crucial steps they can take to keep our community safe.

For parents:

  • Talk to your child about safety at school and minimizing physical contact and staying distant wherever possible;
  • When you bring your young child to school, please wear a mask;
  • Continue to monitor your child every day for symptoms;
  • Reinforce the provincial health orders – unfortunately, playdates with children outside your home are things we need to curtail.

For secondary students:

  • Only 1/2 of you are doing your daily health checks everyday and 1/3rd of you say only sometimes or never – please do this. It's important for us all;
  • Please continue to try to stay physically distanced in the hallways – we know it's a challenge. Over 1/3rd of you say students never follow social distancing when outside your cohort. We need you to help us with this;
  • Our survey of Grades 10-12 students 99.8% say that they are wearing a mask either all the time or often at school. Thank you! Anytime you are outside the class – wear a mask.


"All of our staff are making adjustments and we're wanting to make sure we're all part of the puzzle," says Tinney, noting that while the district has issued 220 notices of COVID-19 exposure, there have been fewer than five cases of in-school transmission.

"Schools matter, we all care, and it's important that we all are doing whatever we can to protect our schools," Tinney says. "Being in school means a chance to play and connect, a chance to receive a meal, a chance to get the social and emotional support that our children need, a chance to continue to pursue your dreams of life beyond Grade 12."

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

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