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SD79 responds proactively to fuel conservation during State of Emergency

Pivoting meetings to online | Redistributing some operations & support staff to various sites throughout SD79 so they're working closer to home | Postponing most field trips, sporting events, & celebrations requiring car or bus travel.

Monday November 22, 2021 | COWICHAN VALLEY, BC [Updated November 23, 2021]

by Mary P Brooke, Editor | Island Social Trends

The Cowichan Valley School District (SD79) says they are doing their part in helping to alleviate further strain on the supply chain, and supporting the province’s recovery, after the recent historic floods resulted in a State of Emergency being declared across the province.

And more specifically, regarding the order to conserve fuel during Nov 19 to Dec 1; the gasoline rationing (30 litres per fill) is to help conserve supply for use by essential and commercial vehicles while the flood-related emergency is prioritized in the BC southwest interior.

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The SD79 administration building is located in Duncan, BC. [SD79]

Last week, on November 17, the Province of BC declared a State of Emergency, and further called on all residents and organizations to come together to support the flood recovery effort.

Stories from communities across the province have shown neighbours stepping up to provide food, shelter, relief, and a helping hand to those who are directly affected, says SD79.

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There are 17 Elementary schools and 5 Secondary schools in the Cowichan District. [SD79 map]

Relocating staff, to reduce travel distances:

“As a responsible organization in the community, the Cowichan Valley School District is taking immediate action to further support the economic recovery of the area and the province,” it was stated by the SD79 school district today.

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Candace Spilsbury, Chair, Cowichan Valley School Board (SD79)

Starting today, the school district with schools in the Duncan and Cowichan areas is redistributing some operations and support staff to various sites throughout the district to keep them working closer to home, postponing most field trips, sporting events, and celebrations that require car or bus travel, immediately pivoting face-to-face meetings to online, and having select non-school staff work from home.

There are 17 elementary schools and 5 secondary schools in the Cowichan District.

In place to December 1:

“With BC’s most recent declaration of a State of Emergency it is crucial that we take quick, decisive action to help support our community in any way we can,” said Candace Spilsbury, Chair of the Board of Education for the Cowichan Valley School District.

“Now is the time to look at our neighbours, friends and community and ask, ‘What can I do for you?’ We want to ensure that we are playing a part in this recovery and ask every member of our community to do the same.”

These actions will be in effect until December 1, 2021 when they will be reviewed to see if additional actions are needed.

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