Some BC. Parents are concerned about sending their children to school tomorrow without much precaution to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
There are more than 40,000 Signed a petition It has called on the province to suspend learning in class for two weeks – as many other provinces have done in an effort to reduce infection rates after the holidays.
Dr. Amy Dan, a physician and organizer of Masks in Canada, is unsure whether to send her 11-year-old son back to school in Victoria tomorrow.
He did not believe the province had released enough information about the recent outbreak of COVID-19 to help parents make informed decisions, and the new variant of the corona virus was found in BC.
“I worry if schools have to reopen like they did before the holidays,” he said.
“Since there is no mask command in the classrooms, there is no discussion about seeing airflow. I think the ship sailed in connection with the reduction of class size, but there are other things we can do.”
Dan wants the province to provide data on positive rates both domestically and provincely. He also wants to see asymptomatic and common, widespread testing in schools.
BC 70 percent of schools do not have Govt-19 exposure
In an email, Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside said decisions on any changes to the school deadline would be made under the guidance of the provincial health officer.
BC Provincial data show that 70 percent of schools do not have Govt-19 exposure, and only 12 percent of cases in the province are among school-age children.
Rosemary Cooper in East Vancouver did not believe there were any COVID-19 cases at her 9-year-old son’s school. She is ready to send her son back to 4th grade because it is more than just alternatives.
“The disgusting thing is, there was not a good choice. For us virtual learning was absolute hell,” Cooper said.
Cooper says balancing full-time work between two parents while trying to do virtual learning in the spring is something no one in his family would want to reconsider.
“We were completely exhausted. Our kids didn’t like it. In the end they were completely excluded … I can’t wait for my kids to come back to school,” he said.
Still, in the back of her mind, she continues to worry that other families may have expanded their social contacts over the holidays. Because of this, she asks her son to wear a mask everywhere at school for the first two weeks – even in elementary school, which he technically does not need.
“There are more cases coming in here on a daily basis than we are used to,” Cooper said. “So for the first two weeks I have an area where I think it makes sense.”
Author Jennifer Hayton’s preference was very widespread.
She teaches grades four and five at Coquitlam, going back to school and strangers before her.
“There is concern between parents and teachers, the potential socialization and the breaks that have taken place … Going the distance for the first week would have been a way to make sure it doesn’t really spread from the holiday activities,” she said.
He worries about the new corona virus variant and the inability to physically distance in classrooms, where he says desks are less than a meter apart.
If learning in the classroom cannot be delayed, he thinks there should be at least more mandatory safety measures. She keeps her windows open every day, her students wear masks, and she believes these practices are important to keep students and staff safe.
“I like to see mandatory masks of all grades,” he said.
“I know this is not the case in all schools in the province. That’s why it’s important to set it up as a mandate, and the activities are actually a lot more motivated, so it’s consistent.”