With a return to personal learning scheduled five days from now, the province’s top health and education officials are set to reveal details of their back-to-school safety plan Wednesday afternoon.
In a last-minute change, Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside has been added to the COVID-19 briefing along with the province’s health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
The briefing is scheduled to take place at 3pm and will be broadcast live on BC1 and here on Global BC’s website.
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Despite an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Education said on Monday that it plans to send students and staff back to classrooms with ‘improved security measures’.
Meanwhile, the union, which represents about 46,000 teachers in BC, is urging the province to delay return and give priority access to booster shots to all school staff.
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The president of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, Teri Mooring, told Global News that she has asked the government to move teaching online until at least January 10 to assess the impact of the Omicron variant on staff and students.
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“Omicron is running wild in communities, and it makes sense that it is going to happen in schools as well,” she said in an interview Tuesday.
In a Monday statement, the education ministry said it plans to continue personal learning in the new year with improved security measures.
The Wednesday briefing will also include an update on Omicron cases in the province and the province’s booster-shot program. This is the first health briefing since Christmas Eve.
The province on Tuesday reported 1,785 new cases of COVID-19 and more than 6,000 new infections during the holiday period.
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