Supporting A Safe Return To School

Reopening our schools and ensuring a safe and equitable return to the classroom is a complex decision and one government shouldn’t make alone. That's why Ontario's secondary school teachers have released their framework and recommendations for #ASafeReturnForAll. Read the Recommendations today!

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The decisions we make today will not only decide the caliber of education our students receive, but the people they grow up to be, the communities they help to build, and the prosperity of the province they live in. Become a supporter today and help give our students the education system they deserve!
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Our Students Deserve a Safe and Equitable Plan for Reopening Schools

The Issue

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.

Who’s Most Affected by a One-Size-Fits-All Approach

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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If you think our government should engage our province’s educators and lean on their frontline experience to identify and develop an equitable and safe solution for reopening schools, become a supporter today and help give our students the education system they deserve!

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