ETT Responds to COVID-19

ETT Responds to COVID-19

As we all pull together to try and slow the spread of COVID-19, ETT is working to keep our members, students, staff, and communities safe.

Remote Learning Activities: Supporting Our Students

While learning is best face-to-face in a classroom setting, we understand the need for a plan and process for continuous learning for students in our public education system during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a temporary solution to ensure our public education system remains strong, effective, and a model for other jurisdictions around the world.

To support our members and the students in their care, ETT, ETFO, and our other labour affiliates are working collaboratively with the Board and Ministry to ensure the delivery of continuous learning until the pandemic abates.

Please be advised that ETFO has written to the Ministry of Education with a copy to school boards to express concerns regarding ‘synchronous’ or live-stream learning. The Federation is fundamentally opposed to it being mandated as a learning tool during this pandemic.

Read ETFO’s Statement on ‘Synchronous’ Live-Stream Instruction

ETFO Statement on ‘Synchronous’ Live Stream Instruction

Letter to the Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, May 13, 2020 [PDF]
Letter to Nancy Naylor, Deputy Minister of Education, May 6, 2020 [PDF]

ETFO educators are doing exceptionally well in adapting their teaching methodologies to address student needs during a global pandemic. It is discouraging that Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has diminished the efforts of those who are not live streaming their instruction.

ETFO has written to the Ministry of Education with a copy to school boards to express concerns regarding ‘synchronous’ or live-stream learning. The Federation is fundamentally opposed to it being mandated as a learning tool during this pandemic.

Until recently, the Ministry of Education supported educators using their professional judgement to ascertain the learning needs of their students and the best way to meet those needs given the current circumstances.

ETFO has repeatedly expressed concerns to the Ministry of Education about using live streaming to offer virtual instruction because this tool is not equitably available or accessible to all students. Children without access to tools to make live stream learning work are disproportionately from racialized, impoverished, single family or new Canadian homes.

Not all students can be online at the same time nor do they all have access to the Internet or a device. There may be multiple children and parents trying to work from home on one or two devices. Live streaming classes may not be appropriate for many students with unique and specialized needs.

There are also many privacy, safety and security issues for both educators and students with the use of live streaming.

The underlying problems created by live stream learning, which the Ministry has previously acknowledged, continue. The Ministry should not be mandating or pressuring educators to use ‘synchronous’ or live stream learning and instead should address these fundamental concerns.

ETFO members are professionals and love what they do. They have the expertise, passion, commitment and flexibility to respond to this public health emergency and are stepping up to deliver distance learning. They know their students best and their professional judgment allows them to know what works for all so that no students are left behind.

Educators miss their students and miss being able to do the best job they can in the classroom. Until schools reopen, they will continue to use their professional judgement and do the best they can to support students and their parents during this pandemic.​

COVID-19 – ETT Health & Safety Survey

This two-minute survey is designed to capture concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and health and safety response in our workplaces, while it is still fresh in our minds.

Should you have concerns about the way COVID-19 was addressed at your workplace please complete in a TDSB Health and Safety Concern Form and submit it, as this will formally register your concerns with the Board.

For reference, here is the link to Public Health Ontario’s Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings document, which includes schools. This document should followed by the TDSB.

It is important to be clear that this survey should in no way implicate other workers. We are collecting information to do a gap analysis of best practices and what is actually being accomplished with limited resources and staffing.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and if you have any concerns, please contact your ETT Health & Safety Officer.

Access the COVID-19 ETT Health & Safety Survey

Contact Information

Terri Lynn Platt
ETT Health and Safety Cooridnator
tlplatt@ett.on.ca

Ivica Cosic
Health and Safety Inspector
Wards 2, 6, 8, 11, 13
icosic@ett.on.ca

Melony Duranovich
Health and Safety Inspector
Wards 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16
mduranovich@ett.on.ca

Loreen Gale
Health and Safety Inspector
Wards 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
lgale@ett.on.ca

Marcia Thompson
Health and Safety Inspector
Wards 1, 4, 5, 12, 17
mthompson@ett.on.ca

ETT Office Remains Active to Serve Members

In order to serve our members, the ETT Office will remain active during the period in which schools are closed and Executive Officers will continue to respond to members’ inquiries and issues remotely.

Please be advised that we will be limiting access to the physical ETT Office space at 4211 Yonge Street. Members should direct all issues by phone or email to their Executive Officer. Members are asked not to come to the ETT Office at 4211 Yonge Street.

All ETT Activities, Events, and Meetings Postponed, Cancelled, or to be Held Virtually

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure the health and safety of our members, all ETT activities, events, and meetings have either been postponed, and will be rescheduled; cancelled; or will be held virtually.

Members will be notified by email of the new dates (if applicable), and, if necessary, registration timelines. Please stay tuned to ETT email communications and to the ETT website.

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