Surrey K-12 school-based staff to begin receiving vaccines today

SURREY—CUPE 728 members who are K-12 school-based support staff in Surrey will begin receiving vaccines today.

“This pandemic has been particularly stressful for K-12 workers throughout the system, and I thank all of them for the incredible work they’re doing every day to keep our schools open and safe,” says CUPE BC President Paul Faoro.

On Monday Dr. Bonnie Henry said that there is not enough vaccine to do everyone in the school system right now, so priority will be given where the risk is the greatest. Fraser Health and SD#36 are developing a vaccination plan for school-based staff.

“We are pleased that some of the K-12 school-based support staff in Surrey schools will be receiving vaccines,” said CUPE 728 President Tammy Murphy. “As more vaccines become available, it is our hope that all support staff receive their vaccines as soon as possible.”

Faoro says that dedicating any additional vaccine capacity to address potential high-risk worksites makes sense as B.C. continues to follow the guidance of the BC Centre for Disease Control.

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How to register

Each call has a unique Zoom link which will take you to a separate Zoom registration form. You must register for each call you wish to attend.

If you happen to click on the wrong link do not complete the information, instead go back to the call listings and click on the correct link. Making your selection will take you to a simple form. When you click “Submit”, a unique Zoom link to register for the meeting you have selected will open in a new window. You will receive an email with your call information after you register. If you have any problem, please email:

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Bulletin 58 – School support workers to have earlier access to vaccines

We are pleased with yesterday’s announcement by Premier John Horgan that education support workers will be included in Phase 2 and Phase 3 of B.C.’s vaccination plan.

We have advocated for this on many levels. Many of our members are in workplaces with high rates of exposure or do not have access to barriers while working indoors and in close proximity to large numbers of children and co-workers.


  • Approximately 340,000 doses of AstraZeneca/Covi-Shield, a fridge-stable vaccine, are expected to start arriving at the end of this month.
  • Starting in April, priority groups will focus on frontline workers including all staff in elementary and secondary schools.
  • Members in these priority groups are asked to not call their local health authority to book a vaccine appointment.
    Appointments will be organized by employers.
  • Vaccines will be administered by community pharmacists, at existing immunization clinics, and at mobile clinics in some worksites.
  • We expect that everyone in this sector will be able to be vaccinated by the end of May.

Details of the updated Immunization Plan can be found here.

Vaccination FAQ

If the adults in school (staff and administrators) are vaccinated, are they still at risk if they’re in a classroom of children who aren’t vaccinated?

All vaccines approved for use in Canada are effective in preventing COVID-19.

By fall 2021, we expect a large majority of adults in B.C., including school staff, to be vaccinated. As more people get vaccinated, we expect to see fewer cases of COVID-19 in communities, which means there should be fewer cases in schools.

People who are vaccinated can still get COVID-19, but are far less likely to experience severe illness. Even with most adults being vaccinated, there will likely still be some health and safety measures in place in schools and other settings until there is significantly less community transmission.

Here is the March 18 presentation on B.C.’s COVID-19 AstraZeneca/Covi-Shield Program.

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Bulletin 57 – Plan to join the conversation with B.C. support staff doing similar work

CUPE and the K-12 Presidents Council will be hosting a series of Zoom calls in April and May to hear from members in classification-specific meetings. This is an opportunity to connect with others throughout B.C. doing the same work.

These calls will guide and inform both the strategic plan for bargaining and the work we need to do together now and beyond bargaining. Different classifications may have distinct challenges and priorities for work improvements they’d like to see. We want to hear from all classifications.

Once call details are worked out, we’ll send information on how to join the call(s) that most closely match your job title(s). Larger classifications will have additional calls by region.

Most calls are being planned for the evening although we will add a daytime call for custodians who work in the evenings.

1. Bussing
2. Clerical/Administrative
3. Custodians, Caretakers, Building Service Workers, and similar classifications
4. Education Assistants, SSWs, CEAs, and similar classifications
5. Other direct student support, including Indigenous Support Workers, Youth and Child Workers, library support staff and similar classifications
6. IT, Tech Support, Technicians, and similar classifications
7. Strong Start, ECEs, and similar classifications
8. Labourers, Grounds and Maintenance
9. Meal program staff and supervisors, including noon hour, crossing guard, and others.
10. Trades

Stay tuned for more information on this important initiative.

Have a relaxing and safe Spring Break!

Most school districts are heading into Spring Break this coming week for a much-deserved two weeks off. We know how important and needed this time away is for members and their families.

This pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges and concerns for members. You have gone above and beyond to keep schools open and safe for students and staff.

As we move into the final months of the school year, we know this important work continues.

Thank you CUPE members for always rising to the challenge!

It is our position that K-12 workers must be vaccinated early in the essential workers group, expected in March or April. Vaccinations and better weather will help to slow down this virus and gives us reason to hope. We are almost there!

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Welcome to the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council site

Welcome to the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council site

The K-12 Presidents’ Council represents 57 CUPE locals in school districts across British Columbia.

CUPE represents more than 30,000 education workers including: Education Assistants, School Secretaries, Caretakers, First Nations Support Workers, IT Workers, Strong Start Facilitators, Trades and Maintenances Workers, and Bus Drivers.

We strive to protect quality public education for all.