Ensuring
Equitable Access

Emergency Remote Learning has the potential to magnify underlying inequities that exist in our education system. We must ensure that every student, no matter their individual needs or socio-economic background, has access to the resources and tools they need to succeed.

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Every student deserves fair and equitable access to the education system.

The Issue

Distance learning has underscored the critical role our teachers and education workers play when it comes to supporting our students. Be it developing flexible academic programs to ensure our kids can continue their education from home, or connecting with students via phone, email and new technologies, Ontario’s educators have stepped up to ensure our students have access to the academic, emotional, and mental health supports they need during this unprecedented situation.

But some emergency remote learning measures have also amplified the challenges some students face: a lack of access to technology and broadband connectivity make synchronous learning strategies near impossible to implement without compromising access for some students.  And emergency remote learning has highlighted the challenges of coordinating the range of one-on-one supports needed for students with special needs or individualized learning plans - an issue educators flagged for government early on in the pandemic.

In short: we know a one-size-fits-all approach to education doesn’t work in the classroom and we can’t expect it to work here. That’s why it’s so critical that our educators play a central role in developing crisis solutions and why they have repeatedly called on government to consult with them on the implementation of emergency distance learning. It’s our educators who best understand the individual needs of our students and whose frontline experience can help identify and develop equitable, flexible solutions to the problems.

Who is Most Affected by a Lack of Access?

Students In Low-Income Families

15 percent of children live in poverty in Ontario; a lack of access to technology and the necessary tools needed to participate in distance learning furthers the socioeconomic learning gap.

Students with Individualized Education Plans

Individualized Education Plans for students with special needs need to be entirely reimagined to be more inclusive and mindful of their needs.

Students in Rural Ontario

A lack of broadband connectivity for students in rural areas makes it difficult for them to participate in live, real-time distance learning.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities require collaborative learning approaches to help them develop. The challenges of bringing educators and support staff together via existing distance learning tools can put a greater burden on these students and their families.

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