Staff at L.A. Matheson Secondary take part in a “Red 4 BCEd” walk-in Tuesday morning (March 9, 2021). The walk-ins are meant to raise awareness for better health and safety protocols throughout B.C. schools. (Photo: Annie Ohana/Twitter)

Staff at L.A. Matheson Secondary take part in a “Red 4 BCEd” walk-in Tuesday morning (March 9, 2021). The walk-ins are meant to raise awareness for better health and safety protocols throughout B.C. schools. (Photo: Annie Ohana/Twitter)

Surrey teachers, staff take part in ‘Red 4 BCEd’ walk-ins

It’s meant to raise awareness for better health, safety protocols during the pandemic

More and more Surrey schools are taking part in “Red 4 BCEd” walk-ins aimed at bringing awareness to better health and safety protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic and as variant cases ramp up in the district.

The Surrey school district and Fraser Health have issued more than a dozen variant exposure notices to elementary and secondary schools since Feb. 21, with the latest being Chimney Hill Elementary, Fleetwood Park Secondary, Frank Hurt Secondary, Princess Margaret Secondary and Tamanawis Secondary, according to a release from Fraser Health on Sunday (March 7).

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In the joint statement from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix Tuesday, there were 182 new confirmed COVID-19 variants for a total of 576 (530 cases of the U.K. variant, 33 cases of the South African variant and 13 cases of the Brazilian variant). Of the total cases, 113 are active.

Surrey schools involved in walk-ins Tuesday included L.A. Matheson Secondary and École Woodward Hill Elementary and Riverdale Elementary. On Monday, there was a walk-in at Frost Road Elementary.

Surrey Teachers’ Association president Matt Westphal told the Now-Leader last week following walk-ins at A.H.P Matthew Elementary and Maple Green Elementary that the STA would like to see school districts be “formally empowered” by the province to implement further COVID-19 safety measures.

He added the STA would like to see the province give districts power to “further safety measures over and above what’s currently done across the province, so that they can deal with hot spots within their district.”

Westphal said that could be looking at firmer restrictions on certain schools or areas in the district.

READ ALSO: Surrey Teachers’ Association calls for district-specific COVID-19 safety measures, March 3, 2021

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