TORONTO – Ontario Liberals are slamming Doug Ford for doing virtually nothing to keep schools safe, leading to yet another closure. Just days ago Ford told parents that schools were safe to open, and not even a week later he has been forced to backtrack.
“Our kids deserve so much better than the constant chaos of Doug Ford’s reckless leadership,” stated Ontario Liberal Leader, Steven Del Duca. “This is another brutal blow to our kids, who were looking forward to their first normal school year of the last three.”
Ontario Liberals have called for a number of proactive measures, including rapidly deploying HEPA filters and N95 masks in schools, issuing strong vaccine mandates for frontline workers, prioritizing education workers for booster shots, creating a rapid testing program in schools, adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccines for students, and launching a public education campaign to help boost vaccine confidence among parents of school age children. Doug Ford ignored those measures and his failure to act has caused another closure.
“As a dad with two daughters attending publicly funded schools, I know how important peace of mind is right now,” added Del Duca. “Telling us last week that schools were safe to re-open on Wednesday and then reversing that decision on Monday is only scaring parents who were already anxious.”
Del Duca will hold a series of telephone town halls over the coming days to listen to the concerns of parents.