Stop The HCDSB from Proceeding with The Quad-Mester System this 2021/2022 School Year

Stop The HCDSB from Proceeding with The Quad-Mester System this 2021/2022 School Year

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Ella St​.​John started this petition to Doug Ford and

We have all struggled this past school year, not only students, but teachers as well. It has been challenging enough trying to complete a school year through a global pandemic, but having the quad-mester system on top of that, has caused even more struggle. I am Ella St.John, a student going into grade 10 next year at a high school within the HCDSB, and I am going to talk about the struggle it has been this past school year.

To those who are unfamiliar, the quad-mester system involves students partaking in two courses over a ten-week period. This means, students only have two classes per day. To compensate for the time we would normally be in school, classes are three and a half hours long. This means three and a half hours sitting in one classroom, with a mask on, not being able to talk to one another, not being able to experience the true experience of high school. No one should have to sit in class for more than three hours and be expected to retain all the given information. Comparing to standard class lengths which are about 40 minutes, every day students are completing more than five classes worth of work, in one period. Our students have been mentally drained enough to be socially isolated from friends and family, but putting this amount of work on top of them is escalating the issue. I understand, the intent starting this year off with quad-mesters was to ensure a “safe working environment” but in return, it has created a very negative work environment.

I understand that the HDSB has already made their decision on “modified semesters” for this following year, which is essential a the same format as a quad-mester but with 4 courses at once. Essential an even worse idea, but I am very hopeful that if this petition can reach enough people, we can sway the HCDSB’s mindset to be tailored to the actual students attending these schools. As we know, Ontario’s Ministry of Education has been silencing student’s voices, but please join me in fighting for our school’s future.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this, and please sign and share this petition so HCDSB students can finally have the high school experience they deserve!

 

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