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NSTU president says they've received little communication after COVID-19 cases found in schools

According to Paul Wozney, the first they heard of it was through media reports
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The president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union says they have received little guidance after two students tested positive for COVID-19.

Paul Wozney says they have received little to no communication from the Department of Education or public health officials.

Earlier this week, the province announced two cases of COVID-19 in schools, one in Graham Creighton Junior High School in Cherry Brook and one at Auburn Drive High School in Cole Harbour.

According to Wozney, they had not received direct communication about it until days later and the first they heard of it was through media reports.

Wozney said they've also received no guidance from public health on what plan is in place for schools and what they should do.

"We just know that in schools that communication has to be concise, consistent and clear," he said. "So far, public health has declined in any way, shape or form to walk people through the steps that will happen, who will communicate, how much of it will happen through the school, how much will happen through public health. They haven't delineated that process at all."

Despite pressure from the NSTU, Wozney says the province has declined to run communications drills for schools in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.



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