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Running out of Time on Schools Plan: Crosbie
PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie and PC Opposition Critic for Education and Early Childhood development are raising the alarm
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 

St. John's, NL (August 12, 2020) – PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie and PC Opposition Critic for Education and Early Childhood development are raising the alarm after recent media reports have indicated that the NL English School District (NLESD) will be presenting a “working draft” of the school re-opening plan in the coming days. However, the NLESD is still waiting for clear direction and advice from the provincial government.

“We are weeks away from schools re-opening and parents, students, and teachers, have no idea what the implications will be for them in September. How can we expect them to make arrangements or plans for the fast approaching school year when government hasn’t provided clear direction to schools boards? This Liberal government continues to fail everyone,” says Crosbie.

“One of our top priorities that I raised with the Premier-Designate in our initial meeting is the schools re-opening plan. It is unacceptable to parents, students, and teachers, that they are flying blind as September approaches,” adds Crosbie.

Pardy, a former teacher, principal, and inclusive education award winner, agrees with Crosbie’s assessment of the situation.

“Government’s responsibility is to provide a high quality education system here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Carrying out this mandate during COVID-19 will be highly dependent on the resources made available to the school system. To date, we have seen no evidence of additional resources and supports,” says Pardy.

“We need to see a detailed list of protocols to be contained in this re-opening plan such as cleaning, classroom sizes/groupings, social distancing, teacher allocations, facemasks, and busing,” concludes Pardy.
 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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