The Third Party Liberals have asked the government's education and economic growth committee to hold hearings into the upcoming school year.
Students are set to return to school in person in September, but final details like class sizes, mask wearing and transportation issues have not yet been released. Liberal MLA Robert Mitchell says he has also heard from teachers who have not yet received specific directions.
“There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the plan for schools – and there are thousands of Islanders who need to hear a clear plan,” Mitchell said. “Returning to class is always a challenge – and this year, it’s absolutely vital for government to clarify many unanswered questions.”
In addition to the pressing matters of school operations, Mitchell said it’s important for government to lay out a flexible plan that addresses the possibility of a second virus wave.
“For that reason, I have written the chair of the education and economic growth committee to hold hearings into the upcoming school year," he said. "I think we need to begin with Education Minister Brad Trivers. A thorough presentation should help to reassure parents, students and educators – and shed light on government’s preparations for a very challenging fall.”