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Join Our Phone Zap Campaign January 7, 2022

Protect Our Province BC, Safe Schools Coalition BC, and BC School COVID Tracker are joining forces to put pressure on the BC NDP with a Phone Zap and Email Campaign. Join us!

On January 7th, 2022, three grassroots groups with a shared goal of lowering community transmission of COVID in BC will call on members and supporters to contact their elected representatives. The goal of this campaign is to urge the government to put in place ALL of the measures that are needed to keep our kids and communities safe.

We are demanding that the NDP put these layers of protection in schools before our kids and school staff are knocked out of commission by unchecked, mass infection.

Who should you call or email?

Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside

(250) 356-8247 or Jennifer.Whiteside.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Premier John Horgan

(250) 387-8247 or John.Horgan.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Deputy Premier Mike Farnworth

(250) 356-1715 or Mike.Farnworth.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Health Minister Adrian Dix

(250) 953-3547 or Adrian.Dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Phone Zap Talking Points

Not sure what to say? That’s OK – we wrote a script!

“Hi, my name is [your name]. I’m a [parent / teacher / concerned citizen] in [your town or city]. I’m calling to urge your government to put in place all of the measures that are necessary to keep our children and communities safe. With the Omicron variant now raging out of control, I am urging you to put the following layers of protection in place before schools reopen for in-person learning.”

Feel free to list the measures that are most important to you.

  • Go to remote learning immediately
  • Upgrade ventilation in schools
  • Implement air quality monitoring
  • Install HEPA filters in classrooms
  • Supply proper PPE for airborne disease (N95+ masks)
  • Provide proper test, trace, and isolate protocols, including RATs
  • Create equitable remote options for the duration of the pandemic
  • Reduce class sizes
  • Move eating outdoors
  • Mandate vaccination for staff and students

Then wrap it up!

“My phone number is [your number]. Your response on this matter will impact how I vote in future elections. I look forward to your reply.”

Still have some fire in your belly?

You can also contact your local MLA.

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