NDP leader Andrea Horwath was in Brantford today calling for a safe school plan that is robust enough to prevent disruptions to personal learning.
“Families are exhausted, children are really struggling with their mental health and well-being, and teachers and educators are burned out,” said Horwath. “We need to ensure that the return to school in September is healthy and successful. If we prevent outbreaks and exposures, we will prevent children from having to be sent home again. ”
Horwath and the NDP are calling for smaller class sizes, improved ventilation with minimum standards, additional psychological support, paid sick days for all parents, teachers and educators, and a strategy to vaccinate as many students as possible.
It was endorsed today by the President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and newly announced NDP candidate Harvey Bischof.
“Now, more than ever, the time has come to invest in public education – not $ 800 million from the classrooms, “said Bishop.
” Doug Ford has to choose. He can invest anything to reduce class size, increase ventilation standards, and ensure parents have the paid sick days they need to keep children with symptoms at home. Or he can continue to try to save money on the backs of students, teachers, education workers, families and the progress of our province in the fight against COVID-19. ”
The government presented the plan today. Click here for details.
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