Teachers in Surrey, B.C., stage demonstration after COVID-19 variants detected in schools

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Teachers at a school in Surrey planned a demonstration Tuesday morning in response to COVID-19 variant exposures, calling for more safety measures in schools.

Teachers at Woodward Hill Elementary School took part in a walk-in before school started, all wearing red and wearing masks to show solidarity for each other as the pandemic continues.

Woodward is just one of seven schools in Surrey and Delta with confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant first reported in the U.K.

Several classes are in isolation but the school remains open.

According to a note to the school community, “two classes and over 20 individuals at École Woodward Hill have been told to stay home and get tested.” They will be allowed to return to school after receiving a negative test, according to the note.

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Teachers around the province are being asked to wear red Tuesday to show their support.

Walk-in underway at Woodward Hill Elementary in #SurreyBC. Teachers/staff wearing red, showing support over #COViD19 variant concern in schools. More @GlobalBC @BC1 pic.twitter.com/IvubsGncUo

— Andrea Macpherson (@AMacOnAir) February 23, 2021

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Read more: COVID-19 variant detected at multiple Metro Vancouver schools

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The provincial government says its safety plan for schools remains strong but the BC Teachers Federation does not agree…

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