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Dear <<First Name>>,

As a former elementary school teacher, it is very exciting to see B.C. students heading back to school. I'm sure many kids are excited to get back to learning, sports, and extracurriculars with their friends. 

The health and safety of students and staff remains our government's top priority. The school safety protocols are guided by the experts at the BC Centre for Disease Control and developed in collaboration with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and our K-12 steering committee. 

You can read about the key measures in place this school year below. These precautions will ensure students can continue learning in the classroom and have every opportunity to achieve their goals.

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Key measures in place 2021/2022 school year:
  • All students and staff must complete a health check every day and stay home if they are sick. You can use the K-12 Health Check website or app to quickly go through the checklist.
  • All staff, visitors, and all students in Grades 4-12 must wear a mask indoors and on the bus. Students in K-3 are strongly encouraged to wear a mask if they are able to put in on and take it off themselves.
  • A total of $87.5 million has been invested to improve ventilation systems in B.C. schools, including HVAC upgrades and new filters.
  • Cleaning and disinfection of rooms and surfaces will follow BC CDC guidance, with all frequently-touched surfaces cleaned every 24 hours.
  • This year, sports, clubs and extracurriculars will continue, with safety plans in place, and in accordance with local, regional and provincial public health orders.
  • For more on how we’re keeping schools safe, visit this page.
 
New Provincial Health Order

This week, Premier Horgan, Minister Dix and Dr. Henry announced a new Provincial Health Order that outlines proof of vaccination requirements in BC for people age 12+ attending certain social and recreational settings and events. Watch the announcement here.

The PHO order will come into effect in a staged approach to allow people time to get both doses before October 24. 
As of September 13, one dose of vaccine will be required for entry to the settings listed in the PHO. By October 24, entry to these settings will require people to be fully vaccinated. 

To learn more, visit here
 
$5 million investment for increased mental health supports for students

Student and staff mental health being an important focus as a new school year begins during the pandemic, the government of B.C. invested $5 million towards schools’ mental health programs and services. 

These funds will allow the students to experience increased opportunities to connect with Elders and Knowledge Keepers to provide additional social, cultural and emotional support as well as peer-to-peer supports including initiatives using outdoor and natural spaces for lessons.

To find out more, visit here.
 
Let’s keep ourselves and those around us safe

The best thing we can all do to keep ourselves and those around us safe is to get vaccinated. If you or someone you know is looking for information on where to get their shots, click here

Alternatively, visit a walk-in clinic nearby! Most clinics are now offering walk-in appointments everyday. Click here to find a clinic that is close and convenient for you.
 


I'm here for you


As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with provincial COVID-19 and wildfire supports, please reach out. Thank you for trusting me to support you again as your MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake. For constituency-related questions, you can reach me at (604) 775-0565 or Anne.Kang.MLA@leg.bc.ca. For all inquiries about my capacity as Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, please email AEST.minister@gov.bc.ca.

Sincerely,

Anne Kang, MLA
Burnaby-Deer Lake
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COVID-19 updates from the BC Centre for Disease Control
 
There is a total of 5,931 active cases in British Columbia as of September 03, 2021. A total of 159,560 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Fraser Health Authority, which includes the City of Burnaby, has a total of 91,024 confirmed cases, of which 1,616 are active.

As of today, there are more than 3,569,860 completed tests. Our province has adjusted testing to 667,371 people per 1,000,000.

Total vaccine doses administered in B.C. is 7,494,567.

For more information, please visit BCCDC's website
 
COVID Resources
 
For medical info, visit covid-19.bccdc.ca or call 811 
For vaccination info, visit gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated 
For financial supports for people and businesses, visit this page
For PHO orders and guidance, visit this page
For seniors looking for additional support, or for those looking to support seniors, call 211 or visit bc211.ca 
For virtual mental health resources, click here.   
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Community Office Information
 
With the recent Restart BC announcement, our office is open for walk-in inquires again! Our office hour is from Monday to Friday 10 am - 5 pm (excluding statutory holidays). We encourage constituents to contact us by phone or email for constituency services. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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