The BCTF launched a fairly extensive Social Media blitz on Thursday, that as the labour organization continued on with a push towards expanding on school safety measures on COVID with the 2021-22 school year just a few weeks away.“We are hearing from more concerned families than ever before in this pandemic. They’re worried that their children who are too young to be vaccinated might be going back to school without enough protections in place. Things are most definitely not normal right now, so we can’t carry on as if they were.” - BCTF President Teri Mooring
1. School-based clinics to allow easy access to vaccinations for eligible students.
As part of their approach towards getting the Ministry of Education to consider their calls for action, the BCTF launched an online petition on Change.org
You can learn more about that initiative which continues to gain signatures through the day from this link from the change.org website
The current hot topic of vaccination mandates was also part of the BCTF information relay on Thursday, though they don't address the issue of whether they are in favour of such a mandate, directing those reading their social media themes to raise that topic with the provincial government.
Towards their call for additional COVID measures for the schools, the BCFT received some support from the Canadian Union of Public Employees today, with CUPE calling on the province to focus on providing clean and healthy environments for students and stafff for the new school year.
Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside is expected to outline how the Province plans to address COVID issues in the schools prior to the start of school in September, though no date. has been announced for when they will be revealing the details to any plans that they may have.
When summer vacation began at the end of June, the Ministry had indicated that they were hoping to have a 'near normal' back to school when September arrived.
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