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But in an emailed statement, acting Alberta Education press secretary Kassandra Kitz said LaGrange spoke with Schilling Saturday morning and the pair plan to meet on Wednesday.
“Our comprehensive school re-entry plan was developed based on the advice of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health in consultation with the entire education system, including the Alberta Teachers’ Association, individual school authorities, the College of Alberta School Superintendents and the Alberta School Boards Association,” Kitz said.
“Our number one priority is to ensure a safe and successful return to school for both our staff and students, and we will continue working with the education system and the Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure that happens”
During the annual assembly, delegates also moved an emergent motion of non-confidence in LaGrange, but it was ultimately referred to the ATA’s executive council after debate.
“Teachers are focusing on solutions. The number one priority of teachers right now is to ensure that the re-entry to schools is done as safely as possible,” Schilling said. “Teachers recognize that this is only possible when the ATA and government are working together on a plan that serves the health and safety interests of students, teachers, all school staff and their collective family.”
The ATA has laid out priorities for a safe re-entry and Schilling said the current plan the province has put in place is “unacceptable.”
“We have provided a reasonable and practical plan for moving onward that starts with meaningful consultation and a meeting in person with the minister.”