Families are concerned about the lack of options for children returning to school, says Cheryl Ashlie

BC Liberal Party

September 8, 2020

MAPLE RIDGE-PITT MEADOWS – BC Liberal candidate for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Cheryl Ashlie is extremely concerned about the NDP government’s back-to-school plan that cannot guarantee students will be able to learn in a safe and physically-distanced environment – increasing the potential risk of exposure for students, teachers and staff, and families.

“Since COVID-19 began, the government has rightly asked British Columbians to practice safe social distancing, hand-washing, and remaining at home when sick to ensure we reduce the spread of the virus  to protect those who are especially vulnerable,” said Ashlie. “However, with the recent escalation of numbers, we have seen what can happen when people start to lose focus on these safeguards. We need to ensure that the health and safety of our children is a priority and that there is an equal access to education whether students return to the classroom or choose to learn online.”

BC had one of the lowest infection rates in Canada due to the diligence of British Columbians. However, with the recent increases in positive COVID-19 cases and the number of individuals isolating due to potential exposure, the population is at risk for more cases. Families with immuno-compromised children and family members are looking to the NDP government to provide alternative options for a safe return to school.

“The Minister of Education is entrusted with ensuring a safe environment for our children to learn as well as the staff of each school district. Jointly, both families and school districts’ staff are looking to the Minister to deliver a plan that addresses their safety and provide viable learning options,” continued Ashlie. “Families and staff should not be experiencing unnecessary stress and uncertainty. It is time for the Minister of Education to take the health and safety concerns of parents seriously and ensure every family in BC has access to a hybrid model of online and in-person return to school options.”

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Deanie Wong

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