Clos­ing ac­ces­si­ble school sense­less

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

Ed­i­tor’s Note: The fol­low­ing email was sent to Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dale Kirby, be­fore he in­di­cated he will not in­ter­fere with the board of trus­tees’ de­ci­sion.

The NLESD is clos­ing a school that ex­ceeds in ac­ces­si­bil­ity while there are 104 schools in this prov­ince that are in­ac­ces­si­ble!

When are you go­ing to step in and ad­dress some of these is­sues? Just be­cause the NLESD is adding a chair­lift to Wood­land El­e­men­tary doesn’t make it any less chal­leng­ing for small chil­dren with phys­i­cal and de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges. This is un­ac­cept­able!

If you are go­ing to make com­ments to the me­dia about in­clu- sion and chair­lifts stat­ing that you’ve spo­ken to the NLESD on these is­sues but say you are not get­ting in­volved in their de­ci­sions then why are you speak­ing to them?

Talk to me if you need some fac­tual clar­i­fi­ca­tion. I’m the par­ent of a child that would need to avail of these ser­vices if I ac­tu­ally thought these so called ac­com­mo­da­tions would ben­e­fit my child.

My child will be faced with chal­lenges from the time he en­tered the school prop­erty un­til he left the prop­erty, not to men­tion how he would be con­stantly sin­gled out all through­out the day on a daily ba­sis.

My son has the right to an edu- cation but this school is too chal­leng­ing for his needs and no­body has the answers on how to make this work for him with the struc­ture of the school the way it is and the prop­erty in which it was built.

Re­gres­sion, up­set, and chal­lenges that would ex­ceed my son’s phys­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties is not some­thing I can sign him up for. Why is the gov­ern­ment try­ing to keep this quiet as you go ahead with con­fer­ring with the NLESD on these mat­ters?

I am re­quest­ing a meet­ing. Please give me a time and date and I will gladly speak with you on these mat­ters.

Deanne March writes from Whit­bourne

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