SURREY (October 1, 2021) – The BC Liberals are calling on Premier John Horgan to provide the needed resources so parents have timely information about confirmed COVID-19 cases in classrooms.
“I’ve seen first-hand how the lack of proper resources is impacting students,” says Surrey-White Rock MLA Trevor Halford. “It’s taking up to six days for COVID-19 cases to be confirmed and that means students are still in class, still visiting grandparents and still attending dance classes. We need John Horgan to step up and ensure these tests are done quickly so that children aren’t exposed for an extra week.”
Halford notes this is not an issue with teachers or school administrators. “They’re doing the best they can, following the rules as laid out by the ministry. The delay comes down to a lack of resources — and our children, along with teachers and staff, deserve better,” he says.
After deciding not to provide notification to parents, the government relented and created a website that parents have to manually check to see if a case exists in their child’s school.
“We have been calling for additional actions and protections for our schools since September 1, and the government’s lack of a comprehensive plan and proper resourcing is creating more anxiety for parents at a time when cases continue to climb in our schools,” says Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart, Opposition Critic for Education. “Parents, teachers and staff have been raising the alarm for months and the Premier and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside have simply failed them. Reluctantly, the government has made changes that don’t actually address the concerns raised. It’s time for them to listen and, more importantly, act.”