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Chilliwack teachers, parents concerned about COVID-19 school expsoures

Last Updated Nov 2, 2020 at 2:32 pm PST

Chilliwack secondary is one of at least 13 schools with a potential COVID-19 expsoure. (Courtesy Chillwack School District)
Summary

More than 10 potential COVID-19 exposures at Chilliwack schools have teachers and parents demanding more information

The Fraser Health region listed just one Chilliwack school, Tyson elementary, on its exposure list Monday

Some teachers want schools to shut down if safety protocols don't improve: union

CHILLIWACK (NEWS 1130) — More than 10 potential COVID-19 exposures at public schools in Chilliwack have teachers and some parents demanding stronger safety and information sharing protocols, according to the president of the teachers association in that city.

However, the Fraser Health region listed just one Chilliwack school, Tyson elementary, on its exposure list Monday.

Confirmation delays are just adding to the stress and the confusion, said Ed Klettke, president of the Chilliwack Teachers Association.

“There are some individuals calling for the closing of schools. Most teachers would like the schools to be open, however, we do have concerns about how to make that more safe,” he said.

“We’ve heard from a couple of parents who are very, very concerned about their children.”

Klettke hopes the situation improves, adding a meeting between the BC Teachers’ Federation executive and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry last week went well.

However, Chilliwack teachers haven’t heard back yet about the other potential exposures at Chilliwack schools.

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Klettke said teachers want stronger safety measures in place at schools, including additional masks and physical distancing.

“Now, more than ever in Chilliwack, we need effective health and safety protocols that are clear, consistent, and well-enforced.”

Klettke added some teachers want schools to shut down if safety protocols don’t improve, and that most are worried about information not being shared fast enough.

“Because, otherwise, rumour and innuendo abound. Stress is further increased. Our school community should not have to turn to questionable sources of information on social media. We really feel that time lag is just adding to the stress and confusion.”