School decision-makers missed the mark with pandemic policies, say parents – CBC

Parents say well-being of kids was not a priority for policy makers, says survey from Angus Reid Institute

Mar 24, 2022

It’s been several weeks since Quebec lifted its mask mandate for schools — just as students returned from spring break — but Katherine Korakakis continues to feel a bit nervous as her daughter Bella sits in class this week without a mask.

Though her 11-year-old agreed to keep one on for two weeks post-break (thinking of how many classmates had travelled) and despite her cautious optimism about easing restrictions, the Montreal parent felt the province’s decision to drop the school mask mandate at that time was yet another frustrating pandemic policy concerning kids.

“Taking the masks away so fast after spring break? That was not putting our children in the best position possible,” said Korakakis, who serves as president of Quebec’s English Parents’ Committee Association.

From debates over masking in schools to students repeatedly bounced between in-person and remote learning, many parents feel Canadian policy-makers have let our children down during the pandemic.

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