BC teachers call for class sizes reduced to 15 with increased COVID-19 cases in Fraser health region – BC News

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The BC Teachers’ Federation is urging Premier John Horgan to reduce class sizes to no more than 15 in response to concern over growing cases of COVID-19 in the Fraser Health Region.

Teri Mooring, president of the BC Teachers’ Federation, raised the federation’s concerns in a letter posted on Twitter on Saturday.

“Over the past weekend, nearly 1,000 more British Columbians were diagnosed with COVID-19, the vast majority in the Fraser Health Region. This alarming increase in the number of cases is of deep concern to all British Columbians, but especially to teachers, staff and parents of students attending the hundreds of schools that have been exposed to the coronavirus, ”reads the report. Mooring’s letter.

Mooring said class sizes as they are now are “virtually impossible” to maintain physical distance in classrooms and that in other districts they have already capped classes.

“Sir. Premier, for the safety of all members of our school system, we implore you to order Department of Education officials to work with Fraser Health school districts to reduce class sizes and allow good physical distance. .

In another post on Twitter, a teacher shared a photo in response to show what a classroom of two dozen students in the Fraser Health Region looks like, stating: “COVID19 will only spread further than in environments like this. Reduce class sizes now. “



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