Both are medical interventions. I am not a doctor. I advocate for parental choice. "Power to our Parents!" To clarify:
I cannot support school boards creating their own mask/vaccine mandates. Trustees are not medical doctors. Both masks and vaccines are medical interventions. Trustees should stick to creating educational policy. Safety is important, of course. Parents have had more than a year and a half to do their own research and form their own opinions. The science is far from settled. There are reputable doctors and experts on both sides. They all agree that children are very resilient against Covid. The best we can do is to respect each other's opinions. Parents who feel masking their child is safe, let them send their child to school with masks. If parents feel that vaccinating their child will protect the child, let them do that. 'Power to Our Parents'! If each of us do what is good for our own health and safety, then the health and safety of the whole, the public will be taken care of.
I am only willing to support public health measures that comply with Human Rights Legislation. As an elected official, trustees have a legal responsibility to comply with the legislation outlined in the Alberta Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which means creating policy that is free from discrimination. Withholding an 'accessible and equitable' education from children based on their medical status is medical discrimination. The end does not justify the means.
Why are you running for CBE school board trustee when your children aren't even in public school?
I am running to represent and advocate for parents and children, no matter their choice in educational institution. I am here to support what is best for each child, whether it be homeschool, charter school, a CBE school, or even a private school. In fact, the CBE has a homeschool program and it has programs which are similar to some charters. All parents pay school taxes, so their children should benefit. To do otherwise is to discriminate.
Why are you running in Ward 8 & 9 when you live in Ward 4?
There is no legal requirement to live in the ward that you run in. I happened to come across an article about the closure of Rosscarrock Elementary School and the trustee of the ward had 'no comment'. I thought that at least, he could say he was sorry for those that had to be re-located or words to that effect. Then I found out that there are two more schools in Ward 8 that are targeted for closure!
Local schools are important for many reasons. When children go to their local school, their friends live in their neighbourhood, so it is easier for them to develop friendships, rather than to burden parents with having to chauffeur their kids all over the city to meet up with friends. When kids go to the local school, parents meet families in their neighbourhood. Communities become stronger and safer.
I believe there is a way to keep local schools open and to stay within our budget. "Where there is the will, there is a way!"