OPSBA in the Media – September 2020

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Cathy Abraham Re-elected President of OPSBA
The Bengali Times, Sep. 28, 2020
Toronto, September 28, 2020 – The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that Cathy Abraham has been re-elected President for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years in its first ever virtual Annual General Meeting held on September 26, 2020, via Zoom. …

KPR’s Cathy Abraham re-elected OPSBA president
The Peterborough Examiner, Sep. 28, 2020
Cathy Abraham has been re-elected president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

Teacher shortage prompts call for retirees to return to Ontario classrooms
The Toronto Star, Sep. 24, 2020
Get back to class.
That’s the urgent “all hands on deck” plea from the Ontario College of Teachers to retired and non-practising educators, in the hopes of alleviating a teacher shortage that has arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Focus Ontario: Season Premiere
Global News, Sep. 14, 2020
OPSBA President Cathy Abraham joins host Alan Carter at the 11-minute mark

School pandemic planning ‘a moving, living beast’
Toronto Sun, Sep. 14, 2020
While Ontario residents have had a sneak peek at what the school year will look like, they’ll have to wait until the end of the week for the full picture to emerge.

The Rebel to Rabble Review: Return-to-school plans panned by progressive publications
iPolitics, Sep. 11, 2020
As students of all ages head back to school, Rabble’s Karl Nerenberg returns from his summer hiatus to sound the alarm over what he describes as a “patchwork quilt” of COVID-imposed “rules, protocols and educational approaches” across Canada.
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Spike in Ontario teachers seeking medical exemptions from work amid COVID-19 pandemic
CBC News, Sep. 09, 2020
Organizations representing family physicians and teaching staff say there’s an uptick in the number of Ontario teachers requesting medical exemptions from work amid growing concerns over potential COVID-19 transmission in schools.

Des enseignants en Ontario demandent une exemption médicale du travail
ICI Radio-Canada, 9 septembre 2020
Alors que la rentrée scolaire s’amorce en Ontario, nombre de médecins de famille disent recevoir des demandes d’exemption médicale de la part d’enseignants qui ne veulent pas retourner en classe à cause de la COVID-19.

Ford Government Won’t Provide ‘Daily’ Mask Supply For Students, School Boards Say
PressProgress, Sep. 08, 2020
Some Ontario school boards say Doug Ford’s government hasn’t committed to providing more than a “back up” supply of masks for students — experts warn that’s cause for concern.

Empty classrooms, surplus teachers: Confusion reigns as school year begins
CBC News, Sep. 04, 2020
Boards hamstrung by provincial funding agreements, teachers’ unions say
When Megan Dybka’s son goes back to school in mid-September, his senior kindergarten class will likely be bigger than last year — not at all what Dybka expected in these times of COVID-19.

Return to School in Ontario – First story features OPSBA President Cathy Abraham
Global National News, Sep. 03, 2020

Parents scramble to accommodate delayed school start
CBC, Sep. 02, 2020
Parents are once again trying to figure out plans for their kids after Ottawa’s largest public board pushed back the start date for elementary and remote learners.

Ontario’s school boards will need to ‘collapse’ some classes, trustees group says
The Canadian Press, Sep. 01, 2020
School boards will have no choice but to collapse and combine some classrooms when school starts this fall as administrators take into account the number of students opting for online learning, the head of Ontario’s trustees association said.

As enrolment drops, schools are combining classes raising fears they will get larger
The Toronto Star, Sep. 01, 2020
Some schools are now “collapsing” and combining in-person classes as enrolment dips as parents choose to keep their children learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, says the association representing public boards.