Closing accessible school senseless
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