Parents and teachers have had to juggle so much over the last three months – helping keep up remote learning and working at home. I understand that many of you are worried about what’s going to happen at the start of the school year.
If the provincial government doesn’t get into gear and put Ontario on a path to a full, healthy and safe return to classes for students in September, some parents may have to drop out of the workforce.
My official opposition colleagues and I have put forward an emergency action plan that would help get kids safely back to class five days a week in the fall and work for parents and teachers.
In addition to hiring more staff and funding extra support for students and school upgrades, the NDP’s emergency action plan to get kids back to class includes:
• Maintaining job-protected leave and benefits for parents until school and child care are fully up and running again
• Funding to help keep the child care sector afloat
• Funding for more school buses to ensure physical distancing
• Making use of public infrastructure to support the re-opening of schools and daycares
• Ensuring ongoing access to emergency child care for essential workers
• Bringing together students, parents, education workers, unions and schools board in an advisory group to help guide COVID-19 recovery in schools
• Addressing the needs of students from Black, Indigenous and racialized communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19
• Ensuring all workers have access to paid sick leave
Add your name to the call for a safe return to school: