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The start of the 2022/23 school year in Ontario has caused great anxiety among many educators who rightly fear COVID-19 transmission and are trying to do what they can to avoid it. This is his third grade in the pandemic, but the first without public health measures such as mandatory masks to protect students and staff from infection.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, Kieran Moore, abandoned all public health measures in schools in preparation for what is ironically called “respiratory season” before the start of the new school year. It undemocratically declared that it would treat COVID-19 like a new coronavirus infection. influenza. If you test positive, you no longer need to quarantine for at least 5 days. Even though they are still infected with COVID-19, they are encouraged to stay home until they develop symptoms, and then wear masks around people once symptoms have subsided. These decisions are completely unscientific, as at least 40-45% of positive cases are asymptomatic.
Air quality in schools remains as bad as it was before the pandemic. With COVID-19 now stripped of protection and few people wearing high-quality her N95 masks, the opportunities for the virus to infect school students and staff are nearly endless.
Dr. Tara Moriarty, who directs infectious disease research at the Moriarty Institute at the University of Toronto, estimates that as of Sept. 16, 97,000 people had contracted COVID-19 for the first time. every day across Canada. This figure includes 48,000 in Ontario, 16,000 in Quebec, and his 11,000 in both Alberta and British Columbia. These are the most accurate statistics publicly available as all governments are consciously dismantling their pandemic reporting infrastructure.
of World Socialist website Comments have come from educators across the country who oppose these reckless policies, which are fully supported by trade unions.
Aviva, an Ontario teacher, writes: The “usual urgency” propaganda pervades every aspect of school life. From the lack of masks for staff and students to the lack of air filtration and proper ventilation in classrooms, most recently my board was instructed to keep Covid out. Reasons for student absences in our online reporting tool. As her one of the few staff members still wearing masks (and one of her only two wearing N95s), I continue to feel further separated and isolated from my colleagues. I’m here. The comeback was pretty bittersweet. ”
Mina from New Brunswick commented on school safety: High quality masks (N95/KN95 or better) have been proven to reduce transmission. Although COVID and monkeypox are airborne, monkeypox can also be formically transmitted, so hand washing and surface cleaning are important. ”
Carey, an educator from Saskatchewan, writes: The Saskatchewan Teachers Federation says nothing can be done about COVID. Masking, ventilation and air purifiers help a little. Serious messages about COVID and caring for others can help as well. ”
An educator from the French Education Commission in Toronto exchanged the following with our reporter:
Q: What do you think about the resumption of classes?
A: Most of all, I was nervous until I became a supervisor on duty for school lunches. Our school is short of school lunch girls. If you know someone who is going to take care of 27 children she has 1 hour of yard work and her 1 hour of lunch. please let me know!
Q: Shouldn’t this job be done by decently paid workers?
A: Terrible. It’s not a good situation for anyone at the moment. I don’t know how long I can do it. And with 27 children!
Q: Is this lunch duty interrupting your own lunch break or preparation time?
A: My personal lunch. No preparation time. It sucks.
In addition to returning to classrooms without protection, education workers in several states are engaged in contract battles over wage and benefits increases as the pandemic continues to rage. Hundreds of thousands of teachers, educational assistants, caretakers, administrative staff and early childhood educators have had their contracts expired in Ontario and British Columbia. The union conspired with the far-right Ford government in Ontario and the new Democratic government in British Columbia to force a concession-filled deal that included “raising” wages below inflation to suppress opposition from all workers. I am doing everything I can to…
Members of the Ontario Education Workers General Commission (OEWRFC) Facebook discussion group shared their views on wage increases and public education advocacy. Expressing how secretive the unions are to workers about their behind-the-scenes discussions with the Ford government, one worker wrote: I can’t do anything as usual. First, we should go on strike together. As long as it takes the whole state and a strike!For now, the state of public education is Shaw and Ford [education minister] Lecce is a liar. The union sleeps with them, but unfortunately the public has no idea what’s going on at school now. They also don’t know how much support our employees will get for our work. ”
“I have never heard of any negotiations. As far as I know, the teachers’ union has not started anything,” another member said. “I haven’t even heard a thank you from Ed’s staff during Covid! This is really disgusting.”
The Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (CERSC) was established to fight for a global program to eradicate COVID-19, the only way to prevent the ongoing wave of outbreaks and deaths. rice field. A debilitating example of long covid.
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