Monday, July 13, 2020

Fire at Strawberry Vale Elementary

I am writing to acknowledge the concerns of many regarding the recent fire at the Strawberry Vale Elementary School. The good news is that no-one was hurt!

This school is an important part of our community. It is understandable that students, parents, teachers and everyone who is part of the school community will have questions about what happens next.

It will take time to assess the damage and develop a plan for the upcoming school year but please know that I have reached out to my colleague Rob Fleming, the Minister of Education, to make sure that the Ministry is engaged and a plan is developed as quickly as possible.

I can confirm that the Ministry of Education and the School District are working on short-term measures to support students and educators until the repairs are complete.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

I want to take a moment to thank the Saanich Fire Department for their brave and quick work on containing this fire, and for their ongoing commitment to keep our community safe.

Warm Regards,