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Media release: Parents and teachers struggling to get information on sudden government school announcements

(Halifax, NS) Families and teachers are currently scrambling for information following the government’s  sudden decision to restore in-person learning for the final weeks of June. 

“The government made a political decision to turn the education system on its head with just a few  weeks to go in the year and it has resulted in a lot of confusion and disorder in the lives of students,  teachers and their families,” says NSTU President Paul Wozney. 

He says the NSTU has been trying to get information from the Department of Education and Early  Childhood Development about various aspects of the return to in-person learning, but it appears the  appropriate preparations and planning were not completed in advance of this decision. 

“The past two weeks many teachers were told to clear out their classrooms for maintenance, schools  donated the rest of their food supplies to families in need, school gymnasiums were reserved for COVID  testing and vaccination clinics, parents booked non-refundable childcare, and teachers prepared three  weeks of lessons for on-line learning. With a wave of a hand all that preparation has been wiped out,  and people are now left with only 48 hours to reorganize” said Wozney. “This decision has created a lot  of extra anxiety for many families at the end of an already challenging year.” 

Wozney says that while the NSTU remains deeply concerned about the physical and emotional impact of  the return, the union is always willing to collaborate with government. Unfortunately, in this case, the  announcement was kept secret right up to the time of the media briefing. 

“Premier Rankin and his government demonstrated a complete lack of respect for teachers by not  consulting with them prior to this announcement,” says Wozney. “We may not have agreed on the  approach, but at least we would have been given the opportunity to work through certain problems in  the best interests of students.” 

He adds, “What’s clear is that the Premier was more interested in planning his press conferences than  taking the appropriate steps to safely reopen schools for in-person learning.” 

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3 Comments

  1. Yes it was disrespectful for them to do what they did after they said a few weeks ago schools would be closed for the rest of the school year.

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  2. I have lost any faith in our government and rethinking hard on vaccine #2. So know that all the effort in getting people for the first one may have been successful but, fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me.

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