Cowichan Valley School District. (Submitted)

School district continues fuel saving measures

Modifications made with provincial order extended to Dec. 14

The Cowichan Valley School District is continuing to respond to the ongoing provincial order regarding fuel usage.

The district announced Nov. 22 it was taking immediate action to further support the economic recovery of the area and the province. The district redistributed some operations and support staff to various sites to keep them working closer to home, postponed most field trips, sporting events, and celebrations that require car or bus travel, immediately pivoted face-to-face meetings to online and had select non-school staff work from home.

With the announcement that the fuel restrictions would continue until at least Dec. 14, the district revisited the recent actions and made slight modifications in order to ensure students continue to have rich learning experiences. While all applicable face-to-face meetings will continue online, and select non-school staff will work from home, the district has modified its direction for field trips, sporting events and celebrations. The majority of field trips and sporting events will now resume and school celebrations are reinstated. Events that require travel outside of the community will likely still be postponed.

“We need to continue to do our part to ensure our communities and our province can thrive on the road to economic recovery,” said Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Cowichan Valley School District’s board of education. “A measured approach is the best way to serve both our communities and our students.”

The updated actions will be reviewed prior to Dec. 14.