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Would You Support These Eight Back To School Demands

By: Trent Bartley
Posted: September 4, 2020 03:47

A Petition has garnered 17,500 signatures asking for THESE changes in Back to School.

Would You Support These Eight Back To School Demands?

Would You Support These Eight Back To School Demands?

     Here we go Mom and Dad. While a massive and collective sigh of relief may be noticable from many Parents as Kids head back into class rooms on Tuesday, many still have some concerns.

     A concerned group of Parents and Teachers calling themselves Safe September Return delivered a petition to Education Minister Goertzen yesterday with 17,500 signatures on it. In a nut-shell it had eight key demands. 

  1. Publicly-funded, school-supported instruction and assessment for all students, whether they are learning in the classroom or remotely from home. This requires sufficient staffing levels to not increase the workload of individual teachers. Medical documentation should not be required as a condition of access to public education for children who stay home;
  2. Provide school employees who request to work remotely appropriate opportunities to support students learning at home;
  3. Class sizes small enough to support physical distancing of two metres; 
  4. Make mask use mandatory for all teachers, staff and students, providing exemptions where appropriate;
  5. Assess ventilation and/or filtration systems in all school settings and follow all  recommendations for upgrades required to drastically reduce virus transmission;
  6. Reinstate the mandatory two-week self-isolation order for all non-essential out-of-province travellers; 
  7. Provide full paid sick leave to all divisional employees who self isolate while ill, awaiting COVID-19 test results or recovering from COVID-19, including substitute employees;
  8. Hire additional supply teachers and educational assistants to address staff on leave. This will allow divisions to limit the number of classrooms and school contacts they are exposed to and exposing.

       Do YOU support these?

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