FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2020
OAK BAY-GORDON HEAD – BC Liberal Candidate for Oak Bay-Gordon Head Roxanne Helme is backing School District 61 in their calls for the NDP government to provide funding for learning options in preparation for back to school.
“NDP Education Minister Rob Fleming has unfairly put the burden on BC’s school districts to come up with a safe back-to-school plan with very little time or support,” said Helme. “Parents, teachers, administrators, and students are all understandably worried about the implications of a full return to the classroom as we continue to battle COVID-19. The Education Minister has a responsibility to ensure British Columbians have a safe return-to-school plan and he has failed to deliver.”
School District 61 voted in favour of a motion in their Special Board Meeting early last week calling for the Minister of Education for “full funding and flexibility to create an online learning hub option for families which allows students to remain connected to their school community through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“I’ve heard from concerned parents throughout Oak Bay-Gordon Head that because families have different needs, a one-size-fits-all approach to return-to-school is not a satisfactory response to the challenges created by the pandemic. Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberal team have consistently been advocating for a hybrid model that allows students who are able to return to the classroom while accommodating others, who potentially are immuno-compromised or live in multi-generational homes, from the safety of their homes. Parents and their children require and deserve options and flexibility as we navigate this difficult time.”
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