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Comprehensive environmental assessments done at three different Surrey schools have highlighted common themes and practices that can support our schools in limiting the spread of COVID-19.
A report on the environmental assessments was presented to Surrey Board of Education trustees by Supt. Jordan Tinney at Wednesday's public board meeting.
To date, assessments have been completed at École Panorama Ridge Secondary, Cambridge Elementary and Newton Elementary.
Done in collaboration with Fraser Health, as well as district and school-based health and safety teams, the assessments included physical site visits, interviews with staff members and reviews of school procedures and protocols.
In addition to these three school assessments, subject-specific teams have also been brought together to review practices where there have been outbreaks or high numbers of cases. Most recently, such reviews were done for physical education (PE), music and band programs.
Common themes that emerged include:
"We are continually learning and adapting through our experiences with this pandemic," said Tinney. "It's important that we're transparent during these processes – sharing what we've learned and how our protocols are evolving – so that best practices and expectations are clear and we can protect one another and stay healthy."
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