Concern mounts for potential class disruptions due to lack of teachers in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon


Published November 15, 2021 at 11:19 am

Some teachers are concerned about a shortage of available staff in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon.

The Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation District 19 (OSSTFD19), which represents teachers in Peel, is warning of a shortage due to hybrid classes and modified semesters.

In a post on social media, the association that represents Peel teachers pointed out many teachers are frustrated with their current working conditions and choosing to leave as a result.

“We are experiencing a significant teacher shortage in Peel and elsewhere, & we are losing teachers at an alarming rate,” reads a post shared by OSSTFD19 on Twitter.

Additionally, the federation believes classes in Peel will be affected, as supply teachers are also foregoing taking jobs in the Region.

“Many occasional teachers are on the supply list for multiple boards, and this year, they’re choosing to take jobs in neighbouring Halton, or other non-hybrid boards,” reads a social media post from OSSTFD19.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Peel District School Board elected to use what they call a Community Learning Model, which allows those taking classes online to “learn alongside their peers who are attending class in-person.”

According to OSSTFD19, some teachers have become frustrated with this model, and the fact it forces them to constantly change how they deliver the curriculum.

“I have not slept a full night since August due to my anxiety about the classes I teach,” a Peel teacher said in a statement shared on social media by OSSTFD19. “My sense of fulfillment has diminished, and I often consider leaving teaching.”

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