With School District 52 and Northern Health in the last few days of preparation for Thursday's Virtual COVID-19 forum, which will take place from 5 to 6 PM.
The online link for participation of the public to be posted by forum organizers to the SD52 website on the day of the event.
As part of their work over the last week, the School District has been accepting submissions from the public towards the questions that the public and local education community would like to have explored by the Town Hall organizers.
The deadline for those quesitons and comments comes this afternoon, and to share your thoughts all you need to do is drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
One group in the city has already provided a glimpse into what they will be seeking some feedback on, with the Prince Rupert District Teachers Union submitting a list of eight questions for the forum, their contributions culled from the guidance from their membership.
Among some of the themes that the PRDTU covers in their presentation are: the school district's ability to exceed minimal standards of government and public health, the district's position on face coverings to keep schools safe, reporting of known COVID-19 exposures in schools, vaccine access for frontline workers including teachers and other school staff and the role of teachers in helping inform students and the pubic of science-based health information.
As part of their relay of information for Thursday's forum, PRDTU President Gabriel Bureau outlined the focus that the organization has on safety in the schools in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.“Teachers are on the frontlines of this pandemic. Teachers are keeping schools open as professionals, providing both educational and economic benefits for the entire community. Teachers are proud of this role, but they also want to be safe at work. Teachers care about the health and safety of their students, which is why they want to know how the school district and public health are planning to improve safety in schools.” -- Gabriel Bureau, President of the Prince Rupert District Teachers’ Union (PRDTU).
The preview of their eight questions can be reviewed below:
1. Does SD52 currently have the authority to exceed the minimal COVID-19 control measures and standards set by the Ministry of Education, public health authorities, and/or WorkSafeBC? If so, what are some specific examples of how SD52 could be exceeding these minimal standards and measures?