• Liberal Caucus

Specific and appropriate resources required to support vulnerable Islanders

We know that remote learning for students K-12 is not ideal and that children depend on school for social, emotional, and physical development. Health professionals advise that a further delay is the safest approach for now while we get through this part of the Omicron wave. We are grateful to all our incredible teachers who continue to respond to these challenges with dedication and professionalism.

Islanders, including educators support a return to in-person learning safely as soon as possible. We need to know that our children are safe and that our healthcare system will not be unduly burdened. We urge government to take every necessary step to move in this direction quickly, minimize disruptions and to put programs in place to support families impacted by this approach. Additional information on antigen test kit distribution should be provided as well as transparency on policy development for risk mitigation at our schools.

We also heard today that Omicron is “seeking out” our more vulnerable citizens and that new outbreaks at our early learning centers, long-term care homes, correctional facilities and among those seeking shelter supports have increased. This is obviously concerning, and we strongly urge government to ensure that specific and appropriate resources are in place to best assist those effected. We thank staff at all of these facilities for their continued care.

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