The Ford government’s plan to reopen schools in Ontario without adequate layers of protection in place risks future closures and a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario.
Students and staff are being put at risk because the Ford government and its minister of education are refusing to acknowledge the connection between schools being open and COVID-19 cases increasing.
Ontario's four major education unions are deeply concerned by the decision of the chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board to dismiss health and safety case on the reopening of schools.
The Ford government's return to school plan is unravelling because it refuses to fund smaller class sizes to keep students and educators safe.
Premier Doug Ford and his education minister are misleading the public into thinking that the issue of class size in public elementary schools has been addressed.
For thousands of members of ETFO the learning never stops as they enhance their professional learning and instructional practice this summer though virtual workshops.
ETFO has submitted 40 recommendations to the Ontario Ministry of Education to help ensure health and safety and quality learning in plans for school reopening.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario received formal notice from the mediator to resume central negotiations Wednesday, March 11.
Elementary educators continued strike actions as part of a one-day rotating withdrawal of services.
The intransigence of the Ford government and Education Minister Lecce to return to the bargaining table has pushed ETFO to commence rotating strikes.