Durham parents are calling on the health department to speak up about the province’s back to school plan.
A petition is urging the department to insist on smaller class sizes among other health measures.
“Tell our region that our students deserve a safe planned return. This virus is flattening. Let’s not jeopardize our children in a “wait and see” approach,” the petition reads. “Durham Region Public Heath officials need to speak up & lead with Science. A safe return requires lowered class sizes, masks & physical distancing.”
Durham Radio News reached out to the health department for a comment and they released this statement.
“Durham Region Health Department is working closely with our school board partners to ensure that all public health measures (such as physical distancing, masking, enhanced cleaning, etc.) can be adhered to as part of the return to school plans developed by the province. The Health Department is actively discussing these public health measures with our local school boards, and everyone understands the importance as we plan for a safe return to school in the fall. If members of the community have specific concerns about the province’s reopening of schools plan for the fall, the Health Department encourages them to reach out to the Ministry of Education and/or the Ministry of Health.”
The same statement was sent to the petition organizers earlier this week.