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Health & Safety

From the Editor

Izida Zorde
This year, ETFO members have been working full out to support students and to challenge the government for the investment our public schools need.

Taking Care of Ourselves

Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell writes about the importance of prioritizing the mental and physical health of ETFO members and acknowledges the deep impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had and continues to have on educators.

A Better Future For All Ontarians

Sam Hammond

I want to begin by thanking every ETFO member in the province. This school year has been and continues to be incredibly difficult.

Thank You For Your Incredible Work

Sam Hammond

This year has been like no other and I want to thank you for your incredible work in the classroom, whether in-person or virtual.

The Fight to Make Our Schools Safe

Sharon O’Halloran

Throughout the past several months, ETFO members have shown incredible resilience, professionalism and caring, working to provide excellent public education to students across the province under very difficult circumstances.

True Colours

Federico Carvajal

Federico Carvajal reflects on the Ford government’s flawed plan for school reopening in September.

Latest Information on COVID-19

Tracie Edward

You don’t need to look far for the latest advice on how not to wear a mask or whether you need to wipe down your groceries, but it is important to rely on reputable organizations that review all the latest studies and not react to every new study that is reported.

Continuing to Stand Together

Sam Hammond

As elementary educators in Ontario you have embarked on an unprecedented year, returning to your classrooms after a historic shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocating for the Health & Safety

Sharon O’Halloran

With the beginning of the school year quickly approaching as I write this in the first days of September, ETFO is ever more mindful of how important it is to get school reopening right and to ensure health and safety of both educators and students.

From the Editor

Izida Zorde

With the fall issue of Voice, we are focussed on the safe reopening of schools and the ways in which we build community, particularly in these challenging times when the inequities that are always present, are laid bare.