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Parents look for answers ahead of school year

Last Updated Jul 21, 2020 at 12:50 pm MST

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, science teachers Ann Darby, left, and Rosa Herrera check-in students before a summer STEM camp at Wylie High School Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Wylie, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Some parents say there’s been a lack of leadership from the Kenney government over the upcoming school year, and that they still have a lot of questions.

Pointing to British Columbia’s five-stage school reopening plan, Barbra Silva with Support Our Students Alberta says there’s a lot of confusion from parents when it comes to the basics.

“This means teacher-to-student ratio, teaching assistants; will there be proper PPE, hand sanitizer; what’s the protocol on going to bathrooms, eating lunches? You know, all of the ins and outs and intricacies of having hundreds of students in a class come September.”

Silva is also raising concerns over the HVAC systems in many schools, saying they recycle air which could be a massive problem in fighting the spread of COVID-19.

She says it feels like responsibility has been shifted onto individual school boards, and that the government needs to start making things clear sooner rather than later.

The province is expected to announce its back-to-school plan this afternoon.