FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2020
COURTENAY-COMOX — Brennan Day, BC Liberal candidate for Courtenay Comox, is calling for the NDP government to provide parents and children more choice for their back-to-school plans to support the needs of different families.
“John Horgan’s NDP government had months to create a plan that would provide students an opportunity to learn while ensuring the health and safety of staff and families,” said Day. “I’ve talked to many parents and families in Courtenay-Comox about their concerns for their children being forced back into the classroom. The lack of clarity and certainty has parents concerned about the risks associated with a full classroom during this pandemic — especially when we’ve been hearing that teachers and staff are just as concerned.”
Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberal team have called for the Minister of Education to establish a province-wide framework for all school districts to safely implement both in-class and distance learning options. British Columbians should be given the same level of learning standards no matter where they live, while providing choice for parents during the pandemic.
“This government needs to provide choice with a hybrid model that will allow parents to keep their children at home while having the same learning opportunities as every other student in British Columbia. It is simple math; more options for home schooling for those families who are able reduce the classroom load for those families and single parents that do not have the ability to homeschool remotely.” Day continues. “A constituent of mine recently said to me: ‘That [the government is] using our children as an experiment…until we have solid evidence that the necessary steps are being taken, I will not let my kids be part of it.’ John Horgan needs to take the safety of our children seriously. BC families expect and demand nothing less.”
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