Hybrid learning combines in-person and remote learners into the same classroom simultaneously, creating a confusing learning environment for students and making it difficult for educators to provide the necessary time and support our kids need to succeed.
From the moment the Ford government knew the COVID-19 pandemic would affect all facets of Ontario’s public education system, they had an opportunity and responsibility to listen to public health experts who told them they needed to put in place the necessary health and safety measures for the 2020-21 school year. They chose to ignore this expert advice, as well as the voices of parents, students and educators.
The Ford government’s failure to act has caused many school boards, including the Toronto District School Board – the largest board in the country – to make the move to hybrid learning in order to ensure students can get the learning they need. A shift to hybrid learning means: