KEC institutes half-day study days to take some burden off overworked, stressed-out teachers

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Kahnawake students will spend an extra half-day per month studying at home as the Kahnawake Education Centre looks to help lessen the burden on their overworked and over-stressed teaching staff, a Kahnawake Education Center spokesperson said last week.

“Because we are short-staffed, and because of the stress the daily safety precautions are taking on the staff, administration has decided to use these half-day study days for staff who need a little more time to plan curriculum and lessons,” said KEC communications officer Jaime Dickson.

Last year, teachers were given Fridays off to help cope with the stress and difficulty of teaching online exclusively, but returning to a four-day week wasn’t of interest to administration, Dickson said, so administration will give students an extra half-day off a month – for learning at home – until the end of the school year.

The dates are as follows, all Wednesdays : October 27, November 24, December 15, January 26, 2022, February 23, 2022 March 30, 2022, April 27, 2022 and May 25, 2022. Regular bus transportation will be provided. Nursery and kindergarten will be released at 11:30 a.m. and all other grades will be released at noon.

Students will be given assignments to complete, and Dickson emphasized that students will be expected to complete their work.

“They’ll be given homework to do for the afternoon. It’s not a day off from school,” Dickson said.

Since staffing levels are so low, KEC administration believes the extra half-day of planning time will allow teachers to breathe a little bit at work.

“Stress is high, and we want our teachers to feel supported,” she said.

For more information, visit them online at www.kecedu.ca

Marc Lalonde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Iori:wase

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