Open high schools for full-time in-person learning in Ontario

Open high schools for full-time in-person learning in Ontario

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M​.​N. Fogel started this petition to Doug Ford and

More than any other minors in Ontario, teenagers have been impacted the most by COVID-19 pandemic-fighting measures. They have had to endure repeated school closures, like younger students. However, in addition to that, they have been subjected to the hybrid high school attendance model. In many areas of the province, it only allows them to physically be in school for as little as 5 to 7.5 hours PER WEEK.

Ontario teens have not had ONE normal day since March of 2020!

They are receiving a sub-par virtual education (due to the shortcomings of the medium) that isn't working for many students (as evidenced by high failure rates), and their mental and social health is suffering due to the extreme amount of isolation that has been imposed on them. This is all happening during the most critical formative years of their lives. Meanwhile, the government has seen fit to open elementary schools full-time. Of course, high-school aged children can stay home by themselves to participate in virtual school. But should they? For how long will they be condemned to sit alone in their bedrooms staring at unengaging screens instead of attending classes in-person in a social, stimulating, and hands-on learning environment? Many experts, including many medical experts, have been raising the alarm about the adverse effects of too much virtual learning, which has been shown to increase anxiety, depression and learning loss among students, particularly teens.

"Some teens have been resilient, but others have had worsening mental-health problems – and the long-term effects on their lives may not be clear for a long time," says a February 2021 article in the Globe and Mail. Our high-schoolers have shouldered this burden in the name of a virus that hardly affects them. They've been asked to sacrifice too much for the sake of others. It needs to stop! 

IT'S TIME TO OPEN OUR HIGH SCHOOLS BACK UP FOR FULL-TIME, IN-PERSON LEARNING, FOR THE ACADEMIC, SOCIAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF OUR TEENS -- THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF THIS PROVINCE.

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