School District Prepares for Syrian Refugees
Prince George, B.C. – It won’t be long before Prince George sees its first Syrian refugees.
That from Prince George School Board Chair Tony Cable at last night’s inaugural meeting.
“What we’ve heard is that we may get one family in this first wave, there may be a family of five that’s going to come into one of the church’s in town,” he said.
“Now that’s just speculation at this time but we could see Syrian refugees in town as early as the next few weeks.”
He adds he doesn’t know how many children are in that family but notes the district will be tasked with satisfying the student(s) language needs.
“What we’re really working on is making sure that when they do come that we know the biggest need is going to be English as a Second Language, they’re going to need some real support in that area.”
Cable says the Ministry of Education will be looked upon for funding assistance in that area.
“The ministry is looking at that and there’s going to be some help because they realize that there’s going to be new students in every district. So there will be some help.”