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Reinstating exposure notices in B.C. schools is taking far too long

ASHCROFT (September 24, 2021) – With vital information about COVID-19 cases and outbreaks still not in the hands of parents and educators, the BC Liberals are calling on John Horgan and the NDP to explain the delay.

“I share the frustration of parents across the province who have been waiting for important information about individual exposures within schools to make informed decisions about their children’s education and health and safety,” said MLA Jackie Tegart, BC United Critic for Education. “It was disappointing that John Horgan and the NDP refused to trust parents at the beginning of the school year with this information so we were encouraged when the government reversed course, but that information still hasn’t been provided to students, parents, or school staff.”

The delay now means the return of individual exposure notices in schools — which were suspended for the 2021 school year — won’t be reinstated for another week. All while the province is reporting COVID-19 infections among school aged kids are on the rise, making up 26 per cent of all new COVID-19 cases in the past week.

“With cases in school aged children increasing, it’s imperative that this data gets to parents who need to make decisions about their children and family’s health and safety,” added Tegart. “Parents have worked tirelessly to continue their children’s education through incredible pandemic challenges, often painstakingly gathering and sharing COVID-19 data themselves. The delay in reinstating COVID exposure notices, which should not have been canceled in the first place, is creating greater stress for parents and students and is eroding trust between families and the NDP government.”

With the NDP government’s track record of delaying COVID-19 data as well as withholding information, the BC Liberals are calling on John Horgan to ensure that once data is finally released to parents and educators, that exposure notices will be up to date and accurately reflect the current situation in B.C. schools.

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