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Animated videos, available in multiple languages, encourage students to continue taking all the necessary steps to keep themselves and those around them safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The colourful videos, titled Covid Guidelines, explain how easily the virus can be passed from person to person and outline the steps that children and teens should take to stay healthy and protect others. The videos follow the easy-to-remember check up, back up, wash up and mask up and vax up checklist.
There are two versions of the video – one for an elementary student audience, and one aimed at upper-intermediate and secondary students, with age-appropriate messaging and images. Both are available in Punjabi, Arabic, Mandarin and French and all have closed captioning. There are also associated posters that can be hung in schools and classrooms.
"COVID-19 has affected the lives of students for two school years now – it's been a long road," says Surrey Board of Education Chair Laurie Larsen. "Our staff and students have done such an incredible job adjusting to new guidance and changing routines to keep our communities safe and healthy.
"These videos serve as a friendly reminder of the part we can all play every day. Hopefully students will share these health and safety practices with their friends and families, and we can look forward to an end to the pandemic."
Financial support for the video project was provided by the province as part of COVID-19 Rapid Response Team funding committed to school districts each health region. Surrey Schools was the lead in the Fraser Health Region, working closely with the local Medical Health Officer.
LINKS TO VIDEOS AND SUPPORTING RESOURCES:
Covid Guidelines - Elementary – English; French; Punjabi; Mandarin; Arabic; poster
Covid Guidelines - Secondary – English; French; Punjabi; Mandarin; Arabic; poster