The Ontario Liberal party launched a new website for families and frontline education staff to share their back-to-school experiences to hold the Ford government accountable.
On Tuesday, Liberal Party leader Steven Del Deca said the KeepOurSchoolsSafe.ca forum is where parents, teachers, and education workers can share their stories “so Doug Ford is forced to hear their voices. Even if it means playing your testimonial in the Legislature.”
Worried about sending your kids back to #school? You’re not alone. That’s why we need to hold @fordnation accountable. Tell Ford your stories from the front line by joining us at https://t.co/nwQZS1QAS2 today. We need to speak up together and keep kids safe! #onpoli
— Steven Del Duca (@StevenDelDuca) September 1, 2020
The website says, “We can document what is really happening, good and bad. With your help, we can highlight what’s working and what’s not, and where this school re-opening needs more resources and support.”
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The site’s launch comes one day after the four major teacher unions – which together represent more than 190,000 teachers and education workers – said they will each be filing an appeal with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB).
They argue that the Ministry of Education’s Guide to Re-opening Ontario’s Schools does not take every reasonable precaution to protect workers as required by Section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
One of the biggest concerns with the Ford government’s back-to-school plan is that class sizes have not been reduced, meaning there will be a lack of physical distancing.