Teachers concerned about heat, Metro Vancouver schools close Monday
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Teachers across British Columbia express deep concern over children returning to school as the current heat wave continues to engulf the province.
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation president Terri Mooring said she spoke to provincial education minister Jennifer Whiteside and was told he would belong to each district to decide whether to continue classes to start this week.
âNo one should be in a school without air conditioning in 30-42 degrees Celsius,â she says.
Mooring says the federation is advocating that any district that does not have proper cooling cancel classes on Monday, where the temperature is expected to reach over 40 degrees in much of metro Vancouver.
âWe are very concerned that students take school buses, long distances without air conditioning, and then spend their day in a school without air conditioning. “
School Closures: With extreme weather conditions during this heat wave, as a precaution all LangleySchoolDistrict sites will be closed to students / staff on Mondays. June 28. Please check emails, school, or district website for updates on Monday: https://t.co/Y5s0szR1LL pic.twitter.com/xDjb2Begfy
– Langley Schools (@LangleySchools) June 27, 2021
According to Mooring, the BCTF has been told it will be closing schools district by district, and suggests that this makes sense in some cases.
âThere are air-conditioned schools, it’s a place where your families might prefer their children. However, in schools without air conditioning and that is our main concern, âshe said.
Since the heat warning for Vancouver has become an extreme heat alert, there will be no instruction or class at any # VSB39 schools tomorrow (Monday June 28, 2021). The District asks parents / guardians to kindly babysit their children. pic.twitter.com/KEB48oqgHQ
– SD 39 Vancouver (@ VSB39) June 28, 2021
Meanwhile, the Lower Mainland school districts of Abbotsford, Burnaby, Langley, Mission, Coquitlam, Delta, New Westminster, Richmond and Vancouver all announced class closures on Monday, June 28. Some districts, including Richmond, are considering their options in leading it to possible classes on Mondays.