Doug Ford Has No Plan For Safe Schools

Doug Ford Has No Plan For Safe Schools

TORONTO – Ontario Liberals are blasting Doug Ford for yet another school year being thrown into chaos because of his incompetence.

“Doug Ford’s last minute, two-day delay to re-open schools won’t do anything to keep our kids safe,” stated Ontario Liberal Leader, Steven Del Duca. “Ontario Liberals called for HEPA filters and high quality masks to be urgently deployed in classrooms nearly two months ago but Doug Ford refused to do it when it mattered most. It feels like the Ford Government went on holiday while Omicron surged.”

Earlier this week, Ontario Liberals demanded answers after Doug Ford went missing while he should have been preparing schools for a safe reopening. Del Duca pointed to the following measures that still haven’t been taken:

  • Making the COVID vaccine a universal requirement for students through the Immunization of School Pupils Act, and running in-school clinics to ensure access.

  • Establishing a rapid testing program in schools.

  • Providing high quality masks for free to each student.

  • Shrinking class sizes by making use of gyms and community spaces as temporary classrooms.

  • Implementing strong vaccine mandates for education workers while prioritizing them for boosters.

  • Launching an education campaign to combat misinformation and promote vaccine confidence among parents.

“Students and parents deserve so much better than Doug Ford’s incompetent scrambling,” added Del Duca. “His reckless response to the fifth wave is disrupting another school year and putting us all in danger.”

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Doug Ford’s Incompetence Puts Another School Year At Risk

Doug Ford’s Incompetence Puts Another School Year At Risk

TORONTO – Ontario Liberals are calling out the Ford Government’s inaction on school safety that could lead to more closures. Alongside a group of candidates who have kids, Ontario Liberal Leader, Steven Del Duca pointed out several urgent measures that could have helped keep schools open.

“Doug Ford’s incompetent pandemic management has already disrupted two school years for our kids,” stated Del Duca. “As the father of two daughters attending public schools, I understand the anxiety parents are facing right now, and I can’t believe Doug Ford let it get to this point again.”

Ontario Liberals would have taken the following action to keep schools safe:

  • Make the COVID vaccine a universal requirement for students through the Immunization of School Pupils Act, and run in-school clinics to ensure access.
  • Ensure every classroom has HEPA filtration.
  • Establish a rapid testing program in schools.
  • Provide high quality masks for free to each student and education worker.
  • Shrink class sizes by making use of gyms and community spaces as temporary classrooms.
  • Implement strong vaccine mandates for education workers while prioritizing them for boosters.
  • Launch an education campaign to combat misinformation and promote vaccine confidence among parents.

“The Ford Government refused to do anything on school safety in the months leading up to the fifth wave and now they’re asleep at the wheel,” added Del Duca. “If our kids are robbed of another year in school it’s because Doug Ford ignored the experts and the science. He focused on his re-election campaign instead of the fight against COVID-19.”

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