Responding to Recent State of Emergency


The Cowichan Valley School District is playing a 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.

The Province of BC has called on all residents and organizations to come together to support this effort, and 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.

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. Starting today, the district 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.

“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.