Ontario Schools Semester Restart

Ontario Schools Semester Restart

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Hali Fisher-Shotton started this petition to Stephen Lecce

Dear students, guardians, and education workers.

It has recently been announced that students in Ontario will have to continue this school year though e-learning. This is an unconventional learning method which is not beneficial for the vast majority of students as most need a traditional class learning environment to thrive. Another concern is that many students won’t have the necessary tools to do e-learning resulting in them being disadvantaged. If schools were to restart the semester in September it would significantly decrease the risk of Covid-19 spreading rather than having students return in May.  

The most important thing of this situation which cannot be stressed enough is that the pandemic was unexpected, and nobody planned for it. However no matter what it is only causing fear and stress and for students, some of this stress is being caused by the schools focusing on education over student’s physical and mental health. Whilst education is an important part of our lives, in times of a crisis like this, we should put our loved ones first and not have the pending pressure of our education on the line. 

Education workers around the province are unprepared in taking on this unconventional method of teaching. Thus, causing the quality of education to decline. We've already missed 2 weeks of school that must be made up and if it's done online then it would become compromised. Rushing the development of an online course will result in a sub standard class.

Many of the classes like the sciences which involve lab work require significant development time to properly develop virtual labs which could not possibly have been done in 2 weeks. So therefore any courses involving lab work will be inadequate in preparing students for the future courses.

I understand that everyone who is about to graduate is excited to move on to the next step of their life but it might be beneficial to wait a little longer and redo the semester at a later time. Many people may not achieve their true potential doing an online course over a physical classroom. 

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