Elementary Teachers of Toronto
The Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) advocates on behalf of public education, our members, and the students in their care.
Started 2 petitions
The Voice of Teachers is Essential for a Safe Return to Schools
To ensure a safe return to schools this September, the Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) is proposing the creation of a joint workgroup with: Toronto Public Health; the TDSB; and teachers on the ground and the union. The voice of educators is essential in any design for a safe and healthy return to schools and classrooms. In fact, we believe teachers are the ones who know most intimately what a safe return should look like. We know our students. We know them academically, socially, and developmentally. We know our buildings, our hallways, the classrooms, and the schoolyard. We know each desk, shelf, and surface. We know every stairwell and railing. We know the range of exchanges and the unique chemistry of the group we teach and what is required for their health and safety on a daily basis when they are under our care at school. Please sign and share this petition. Help ensure that teachers are part of the conversation as we work towards the safe and healthy return that parents, students, and educators expect this fall. Read ETT's full letter to Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto Medical Officer of Health, calling for the creation of a joint workgroup [PDF]
Ensure safe drinking water in our schools. Fix the Education Funding Formula
Ontario’s broken Education Funding Formula is threatening the quality of drinking water in our schools. Schools are failing lead tests. Teachers are reporting rusted drinking fountains and faucets that run yellow. Stickers are being affixed to taps/sinks advising that water is not for consumption. School-level water safety maps, indicating which sources are potable, have been made difficult for the public to access. This is a growing health concern that must be addressed to ensure the safety of all students, teachers, and community groups that use our schools. Toronto’s schools are aging and rapidly falling into disrepair, as the TDSB’s $4 billion repair backlog only continues to grow. Without sufficient provincial funding, without a fair Education Funding Formula, the Board can only finance stop-gap measures to address this issue, potentially leaving fewer and fewer safe drinking water sources. Help send the message that all our students deserve access to clean and safe drinking water. Please sign and share this petition. Learn more and see further ways to take action at ett.ca/safewater