SD23 “doesn’t tolerate” a message from demonstrators outdoors the Kelowna workplace

A small group of parents and children gathered outside the 23rd District Education Committee office today.

They were there to protest the provincial health order on the wearing of masks, which was recently extended to K-3 students.

The parents held signs saying “Unmask Our Children” while the children themselves carried signs saying “I can’t breathe” and “Children Not Politics”.

SD23 has now published a statement saying that it “does not condone” the message from the demonstrators about wearing masks, which is “one of the most basic levels of security in schools”.

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<p dir=Repeating these thoughts, Superintendent Kevin Kaardal said that the safety of the school district staff and students will continue to be a top priority.

“The hard-working people who enable safe and healthy learning in schools are not deterred by trying to disrupt their work,” he said.

“We commend the diligence of both staff and students who will continue to help protect one another.”

The SD23 statement states that staff and students will continue to obey the obligation to wear masks and any other protective layer against communicable diseases in schools.

“Our employees work every day to create a safe and equitable learning and working environment for all of our students and each other,” said Moyra Baxter, Chair of the Education Committee.

“You don’t deserve to be disrespected.”

The SD23 statement emphasized that wearing masks is only a protective layer against COVID-19 and that the most important layer continues to be “safe and effective vaccines” that are available to all authorized persons.

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