To ensure you hear it from your union first, we are writing to share ETFO’s position regarding the government’s plan to reopen elementary schools in Ontario on January 11, 2021.
Over the past few months, we have seen COVID-19 cases grow at an alarming rate. Despite repeated calls for adequate safety measures from unions, educators, parents and health experts, the Ontario government has refused to implement or fund necessary solutions. The government has also failed to contain the spread of the virus across Ontario. This failure continues to jeopardize the health and safety of students, educators and communities.
Ontario is currently at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. ETFO has significant concerns about the health and safety of educators and students if they return to in-person learning on January 11, particularly in those communities where the rate of transmission is high.
ETFO is urging public health units to use their authority to reverse the decision to resume in-person classes for all elementary students on January 11 particularly in communities where the rate of community transmission is high and where other extreme public health measures have been deemed necessary.