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July 22, 2020
Families, teachers require more detail to ensure school reopening plan is safe
NSTU President Paul Wozney says for the plan to reopen schools to succeed, parents, teachers and students must be confident that it’s safe. He says the government’s announcement today should be considered a start, but at this point there are still many concerns that need to be addressed.
“Nova Scotia families have been through a lot over the past four months, and we don’t want a situation where going to school means children can’t hug their grandparents, so safety has to be the top priority,” says Wozney. “I also know that many parents need to re-enter the workforce and kids miss their friends and require the stability that school brings. Teachers are excited to return to the job they love and reconnect with their students. But for this to happen safely by September a lot of questions need to be answered and government needs to do a better job of communicating its plans for the upcoming school year.”
Wozney says the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development needs to commit to providing regular public updates so families are kept up-to-date as the situation evolves.
“This plan impacts approximately 130,000 children and almost 15,000 teachers, administrators and staff. These families deserve the same courtesy from government that the business community has received in recent months. People making decisions that could impact the health and welfare of so many families need to be much more transparent and accountable as we approach September,” says Wozney.
Today’s plan raises further questions for families and teachers that include:
“These are unprecedented times. A year ago, nobody could anticipate that we’d be trying to restart in-person learning in the middle of a global pandemic. I appreciate that Minister Churchill and Dr. Strang have some extremely difficult decisions to make and the NSTU is committed to working with them to ensure students can safely return to school. But for the sake of all involved, this process must be more proactive and transparent than it’s been to this point.”