The opposition NDP says the Saskatchewan Party government's plan for bringing kids back to school doesn't do enough to protect people from COVID-19.
Education Critic Carla Beck said the plan released by Minister of Education Gord Wyant is the worst in Canada.
A release from the NDP said other provincial governments gave details plans, while today's plan is akin to what other governments released as starting points in planning months ago.
“Our Saskatchewan NDP team has spent months talking to educators, health professionals and families,” said Beck. “There is a massive gap between what they are telling us needs to happen and what we see today from this Sask. Party government. What Gord Wyant has produced is not a plan for schools - it is a plan to fail the test of protecting students, families and education professionals.”
The NDP said the Saskatchewan Party is "leaving more questions than answers on class size, mask use, testing and tracing for COVID-19 in schools, and plans for immuno-compromised students and teachers, and those with immuno-compromised family members."
“Prior to this pandemic, classrooms were already overcrowded and understaffed – those huge issues are still not addressed,” Beck said. “It is inexcusable that the government has had this long to prepare and has made no effort to reduce class sizes or take seriously the conversation on masks that is happening around the country. The Premier and his Education Minister are failing this important test - and leaving families flying blind with a month to go before school resumes.”