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Greedy teachers, anxious for in-person lessons, new measures on Monday

“You want to engage with the students but at the same time not have COVID”: Teacher

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As a high school teacher and parent, Shauna Ellis can’t wait to get back to class, but she has many questions about school safety.


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“You want to engage with the students but at the same time not have COVID,” said the Pickering High School science teacher and mother of three.

“I like to teach. I actually like being in class, but it’s all that unknown factor because they don’t report cases, ”she said.

Ellis has noticed a big difference in his children since learning online.

“They really need to see their friends. Their nervous breakdown at the end of the day is really sad to see. “

Education Minister Stephen Lecce said a supply of nearly four million rapid tests – two for each student – would help provide insight into the spread of the virus.

He also touted the provision of N95 masks to teachers and staff; as well as nearly four million masks for students; 3000 additional HEPA filters.


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Ellis sees the N95 plan as a good initiative.

“I guess we’ll know more once we show up to school on Monday,” she said.

She doesn’t know how staff and parents will know when or if a school will be closed.

The government said principals will notify their local public health unit once absenteeism reaches 30% at their school.

For Ellis, that means the potential for sporadic stoppages.

“I think the plan is to keep the schools open. But there’s a chance that if it spreads really quickly – if you get enough absenteeism – they might lock it in, ”she said.

The Lecce office said concerned parents will have access to their child’s school absentee count, starting Jan. 24, on the provincial website


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A lawyer for the Ontario Families Coalition sent a letter to Lecce about a possible Charter challenge in the event that schools are closed again.

The letter, written by lawyer Ewa Krajewska of Henein Hutchison LLP, says families are “understandably skeptical of your long-term commitment to keeping the school open given the events of the past two years.”

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“Our customers remain ready to take this legal action if your government again reverts to its plans to reopen,” the letter said.

Coalition founder Bronwen Alsop said, “We are not going to back down. If Ford closes schools again, we will move forward.

Ellis predicts Monday will be a big day for her and her children who she says are “really excited to be back. They miss being in the classroom. They have enormous difficulty learning online.



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