FORT ST. JOHN (May 26, 2020) — Dan Davies, MLA for Peace River North and Opposition Critic for Education, is calling on Education Minister Rob Fleming to enhance health and safety measures for students and teachers in classrooms across British Columbia, including more resources and guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation stations.
“Despite the release of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for schools, my colleagues and I continue to hear from parents, educators and support staff from across this province who feel that more needs to be done to ensure our schools can conduct proper health and safety practices when students return to classrooms,” said Davies. “Schools are being instructed to implement enhanced safety measures but exactly how the government intends to help provide these supports, such as handwashing stations and PPE, remains uncertain.”
In a letter to Education Minister Rob Fleming, Dan Davies and the Official Opposition Caucus are calling for the NDP government to ensure all classrooms have access to handwashing and hand sanitation stations, either directly in the classrooms or through converted drinking fountains. Davies is also calling for the ministry to allocate funds to support schools with the purchase of PPE for teachers and staff.
“Although we are excited to see students returning to our classrooms, the safety of our students and staff must remain the top priority,” added Davies. “Orders and guidelines aren’t enough — this government has a responsibility to ensure classrooms are provided with the necessary resources to operate as safely and efficiently as possible. We hope government will listen to the concerns of teachers and families so that our children’s safety and education is not compromised as we continue to adapt to this challenge together.”