Small group drives home message of a safer return to school directly to Barrie area MPP

About two dozen gathered in south Barrie as part of province-wide push for safe plan

Upwards of two dozen people rallied at a Barrie-area MPP’s office to make it known the strong need for a safe plan to return to the classroom in the fall.

The group of parents and educators gathered, masked and at a safe physical distance, at the office of Barrie-Innisfil MPP Andrea Khanjin on Wednesday afternoon. “We want our kids in the classroom in September, but only if it could be done safely. We don’t want the schools to be the epicentre of a second wave of a COVID outbreak,” said Pekka Reinio, organizer of the local rally. “Frankly, we don’t really have confidence in the Conservatives to do what’s required for safe opening right now. They haven’t met with teachers, the frontline workers, they haven’t taken the recommendations of school boards. They haven’t supplied emergency funding for September yet.”

The gathering was part of a larger province-wide movement organized online by the group Ontario Parent Action Network to highlight its nine demands for a safer return to school in the fall.

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During his Wednesday afternoon media conference, Premier Doug Ford hinted further detail on the province’s plan to return to the classroom should be expected on Thursday.