A recent report by Education International — a leading voice when it comes to developing equitable and innovative education policy solutions — offers guidance to governments on reopening schools, and noted that “continuous social and policy dialogue with educators… is the cornerstone of any successful education strategy.” It’s our educators who best understand the individual needs of our students and whose frontline experience can help identify and develop equitable, flexible, and safe solutions to reopening schools in the Fall.
It’s also why our educators have repeatedly called on government to consult with them on the implementation of emergency distance learning. The one-size-fits-all approach we’ve seen the government adopt to date hasn’t worked for everyone and has amplified existing inequalities.
We need to ensure we’re not leaving any students behind.
As our students, families, educators, and our government think about what a potential return to the classroom looks like in the Fall, we need to get this right. That's why the OSSTF has released their framework for reopening schools, providing in-depth recommendations on how we can keep our students and families safe while delivering an equitable and accessible curriculum with the supports and resources our students need to succeed.
We need our government to lean on the experience and expertise of teachers and education workers to ensure appropriate and viable solutions are in place so our students can get the most out of their education in a safe and supportive environment, be it at home or in an eventual return to the classroom.