Frequently Asked Questions
Is the government offering financial support for children to purchase tools to support learning?
Yes, the government’s new Support for Families initiative offers one-time payments of $200 per child 0 to 12 years of age, and $250 for those aged 0 to 21 years of age with special needs. There is no income gap in this program. Further information and the online application can be found at www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families
I am an itinerant teacher and have been asked to provide resource support for my grade team. What distance learning resources can I use to support my team and my students’ learning?
Here are resources from subject associations, education partners and publishers to help get you started.
The Ontario Art Education Association provides distance learning visual art curriculum resources for teachers, students and families. These resources will be updated regularly.
Drama and Dance
The Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (STAO) offers resources including lesson plans for all grades focused on inquiry and critical thinking. The content and methods can be easily be adapted or act as a starting point for online instruction. stao.ca
Learning for a Sustainable Future –Learning Inside Out offers a selection of environmental education activities for various grade levels. These guides are released weekly and archived on the website.
Health and Physical Education
The Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) provides resources regarding: mindfulness; physical and dance activities; physical activities with math; health and financial literacy activities; and puberty and health activities. ophea.net/hpeathome
French as a Second Language (FSL)
The Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association (OMLTA) provides professional learning and advocacy for Ontario French and international languages educators. Its website, omlta.org
, and facebook page
, also offers resources for new teachers.
Can ETFO recommend resources to help foster positive mental health with my students as well as resources to share with parents?
It is understandable that you would worry about positive mental health given that educator, student and parent routines have changed so significantly due to COVID-19. For a list of mental health resources, please visit the ETFO website
. If you have a concern about a student’s well-being during the closure period, please speak to your school administrator or seek assistance from the board’s professional support personnel who are trained to deal with these issues.
I am becoming sore from working at my computer in my home. How can I set up a better temporary workstation at home?
Since this pandemic may last weeks or even months, it is important to take the time to set up a proper workstation and appropriate work habits. There are many excellent resources to assist you with this:
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW):
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS):
Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD):