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In This Issue:

  • To Make Our Schools Safe the Ford Government and the TDSB Must Expand Asymptomatic Testing
  • Our Schools Need Smaller Class Sizes to Protect Our Children From COVID-19 and to Ensure Their Success

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To Make Our Schools Safe the Ford Government and the TDSB Must Expand Asymptomatic Testing

The Ford government and the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) announcement implementing asymptomatic testing is, again, too little, too late.
 
Their plan, which calls for testing in 5% of schools, would cover just 40 out of the TDSB’s 583 schools per week. At that rate, it would take 15 weeks to test every school.
 
This simply isn’t good enough. Doug Ford said he would spare no expense.
 
We demand that the Ontario government and the TDSB dedicate the resources necessary for a fully-funded, comprehensive, and rapid asymptomatic testing program, with mobile units that can travel from school-to-school.

This government cannot put a price tag on the health and safety of our children and educators.

If the province can realize rapid testing for Toronto construction workers, then they MUST do it for our schools.

Our Schools Need Smaller Class Sizes to Protect Our Children From COVID-19 and to Ensure Their Success

Sick Kids has warned the Ford government that smaller class sizes, so students and educators can properly distance, are necessary to curb the spread of new, more virulent COVID-19 variants.
 
Classes with 20-plus students are not safe.
 
The Ontario government must provide funding for smaller class sizes to ensure the safety and well-being of our children and educators.
 
In addition to protecting our kids, smaller class sizes mean:
  • more one-on-one time with the teacher;
  • more time for teachers to dedicate to students with diverse needs;
  • improved student behaviour and peer relationships;
  • reduced anti-social and aggressive behaviours, with fewer incidents of classroom violence; and
  • a less stressful learning environment, with fewer distractions typically caused by a noisy overcrowded classroom.
Public health officials, educators, and parents all agree that smaller class sizes mean a safer learning environment and better student performance.

Take Action

Contact Education Minister Stephen Lecce
Stephen.lecce@pc.ola.org, (416) 325-2600
 
Contact Premier Doug Ford
doug.ordco@pc.ola.org, (416) 325-1941

Contact your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP)
1) Enter your postal code on the Elections Ontario website to find your electoral district and your MPP.

2) Go to the Legislative Assembly website and use your MPP’s name to find their contact information.

Send an Email to Doug Ford Demanding the Government Act.

About Us

The Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) is the Toronto local of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

We're dedicated to advocating on behalf of public education, our members (the K-8 elementary teachers in the TDSB), and the students in their care.

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