PICK A SIDE: Should schools revert to online learning?
The new school year has started, but it’s been far from a smooth transition from distance learning that was implemented towards the beginning of the pandemic to a return to in-class learning.
Many parents, for fear of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, chose to pull their children from in-class learning at the last minute, forcing the Province to delay the launch of online classes.
As the school year has progressed, many schools have been announcing a student or staff member has been confirmed to have the virus.
As a result, many parents and politicians have been calling for the Province to cap class sizes at 15. However, Doug Ford and the conservatives have refused to do so.
The chaos has impacted students, as many are unsure of what’s happening from one day to the next, and many parents have been forced to pick up the slack in the interim, and take control of their child’s education.
Additionally, with many parents choosing to opt for online learning, the Province is facing a dearth of teachers, and they have reached out to new and retired teachers, urging them to help carry the load and ensure there are enough to meet students’ needs.
With the education system embroiled in so much chaos, many believe the government should return to distance learning to help provide a sense of organization for students as well as to mitigate the spread of the virus.
However, returning to distance learning presents issues for parents, particularly single-parents who have returned to work and can no longer be home with their kids.
Further, many students lack the resources to effectively participate in online learning.
So, Mississauga, what do you think? Should the Province return to online learning?
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