Teachers in York Region School Board should be using videoconferencing during pandemic

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More than 90,000 schools across 20 countries are using Zoom videoconferencing to teach students remotely during the COVID-19 school closures. In addition, almost all private schools in Ontario are using videoconferencing to replicate the classroom environment. Public boards like TDSB and Simcoe County are using videoconferencing during the pandemic, as is York Region Catholic.

However, teachers in York Region District School Board (public) are not using any video or even audio conferencing technology to connect with their class as a whole, because the local ETFO York Region union is advising them against it. The union is defying both the board and ministry guidelines. Both the school board and the ministry are allowing and even recommending the use of videoconferencing for e-learning during the pandemic. Videoconferencing is the best way for teachers to connect with their whole class and provide a platform for instruction and class discussion. Now is not the time to fear new technologies but a time to embrace them, especially as school closures in Ontario are a reality for many weeks to come.

Please sign this petition if you would like to see York Region School Board IMPLEMENT videoconferencing technology for teaching during the pandemic. It's time! Our kids haven't engaged with their teachers/classmates in nearly 2 months!