Parent/Guardian message re: Fuel Restriction

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Friday, Nov. 19th, the Provincial government announced temporary restrictions on vehicle fuel purchases and travel in areas impacted by flooding to ensure the smooth and efficient movement of essential goods and services.  While Saanich Schools remain open for instruction, we have been asked to reduce vehicle fuel usage to the greatest extent possible.  Our goals remain keeping students safe, continuing in-person classroom instruction, and ensuring as the continuity of our educational programs.  Restrictions on vehicle fuel do not impact heating fuel (i.e. natural gas) so our schools will be operating normally.

How do these temporary restrictions affect Saanich Schools?

  • These temporary provincial restrictions are in place until midnight on Nov 30th.
  • As schools and school district sites will remain open, regular instruction will continue and school staff will continue to report to work.  Where remote work options are possible, some district staff will be provided with an option to work remotely after having a conversation with their supervisor to discuss possible options.
  • Where possible, parents, staff and students are encouraged to carpool, use public transit or alternate means of transportation.
  • All non-essential travel both within and outside the school district is to be deferred if possible. If travel is deemed essential, participants should look at options including carpooling, public transportation or other means of transportation.
    • Non-essential, face-to-face meetings should be held virtually where possible and practicable.
    • Field trips that are local or within walking distance can continue, but those that require travel by car or school bus should be deferred.
    • Extra-curricular sports are continuing at this time, but may change as circumstances change.  Coaches are asked to encourage carpooling where possible.
  • School buses and school district maintenance vehicles are not currently subject to the fuel restrictions and will continue to access their fuel at either commercial cardlock stations or retail gas stations.  

You can expect to hear from our district over the next two weeks as updates are provided by the Provincial government.  We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as required.

This year has been a challenging one for British Columbians. We have been asked on several occasions to do our part to heed provincial orders, restrictions and guidance for the greater good. As we have seen each time, individuals and our community have come together to show incredible resilience, and more importantly, compassion for one another.  I thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this latest time for all of us to pull together.

If you have any questions please reach out to your school administration.

With appreciation,
Dave Eberwein
Superintendent & CEO, Saanich Schools