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Thread: ON: School's back! Online course: elementary and high school: Learn at Home

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    ON: Ministry of Education has announced that students can keep studying at home
    Learn at Home and TV Ontario courses online available now, in English and French. Math included. A section for parents on how to help children with math.
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    Here in Quebec, all schools are closed until at least May1st. So far the Min. of Ed. hasnt offered any online school. But what about peeps who dont have computers or what about the kids whose parents have to work at certain professions (health care professional, essential services, food supply, etc.) what about those kids^ What are the parents supposed to do.

    My daughter works in food and her husband works in animal feed. The kids are old enough to stay at home unsupervised. Do you actually think they will attend online school

    Actually the Prov. Min. of Ed. said yesterday that all kids will be graduating this year based on their last term exams. He said everything is still on the table, including starting school early instead of the fall, maybe online courses. Nothing is off the table.
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    I just came across this back-to-school or not...and thought it was important enough to pass along...just fyi...

    Parents and Educators please be mindful: what happens .....

    • If a teacher tests positive for COVID-19 are they required to quarantine for 2-3 weeks? Is their sick leave covered, paid?

    • If that teacher (think FSL) has 5 classes a day with 30 students each, do all 150 of those students need to then stay home and quarantine for 14 days?

    • Do all 150 of those students now have to get tested? Are the tests happening at school? How are the parents being notified? Does everyone in each of those kids' families need to get tested?

    • What if someone who lives in the same house as a teacher tests positive? Does that teacher now need to take 14 days off of work to quarantine? Is that time off covered? Paid?

    • Where is the district going to find a substitute teacher who will work in a classroom full of exposed, possibly infected students for substitute pay?

    • Substitutes teach in multiple schools. What if they are diagnosed with COVID-19? Do all the kids in each school now have to quarantine and get tested?

    • What if a student in your kid's class tests positive? What if your kid tests positive? Does every other student and teacher they have been around quarantine? Do we all get notified who is infected and when? Or because of privacy will teachers just get mysterious “may have been in contact” emails all year long (kind of like the lice letter?)?

    • What is this stress going to do to our teachers? How does it affect their health and well-being? How does it affect their ability to teach? How does it affect the quality of education they are able to provide? What is it going to do to our kids? What are the long-term effects of consistently being stressed out?

    • How will it affect students and faculty when the first teacher in their school dies from this? The first parent of a student who brought it home? The first kid?

    • How many more people are going to die, that otherwise would not have if we had stayed home longer?

    Are we are putting ourselves and our kids in danger....

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    As a teacher, these are all things that I am constantly thinking about these past few days. There are so many things to worry about as students return back to school. I think it's going to be a huge learning process and many schools will not be equipped to deal with the ever changing rules and guidelines we will have to following. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that something changes between now and September and that we will feel safer having students return in a month. Maybe the world will see lower numbers.....wishful thinking!!!!
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