A Catholic teachers body in Ontario has asked the Ford government to immediately make wearing masks in school compulsory again.
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has said they wanted schools to remain safe from Covid-19 to avoid ‘stress and anxiety’ from what it said were ‘insufficient safety measures, school closures, and whiplash disruptions to the learning environment.’
OECTA represents 45,000 teachers in Ontario’s publicly funded English Catholic schools, from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
“Students, families, teachers, and education workers – everyone – we all want students in school, safely enjoying the benefits of in-person learning”, said the statement by association president Barb Dobrowolski.
“To make our schools safe and to keep them open, Catholic teachers call on the Ford government to immediately reinstate the mask mandate in Ontario’s schools”, the statement added.
The association warned the Ford government that it was premature to drop the masking requirement after March Break, as it said the break has typically been associated with increased travel, congregation, and, as a result, viral transmission.
Bill Parsons, a parent in Milton, seemed to agree with the association’s demand.
He said that he had kids that went to school and he wouldn’t want them to be exposed to Covid-19.
Tom Wall, another parent, said that he welcomed the reopening of schools after a long time, and didn’t want them to close once again because of a surge in covid-related ailments.
“The government should make it compulsory to wear masks in schools so that we do not see a repeat of 2020.”
Saeed Akhtar, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Milton Reporter, Milton Reporter