Canada, Cough, Grade Eight Island Lakes discussed on The Current

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Sexual relationships and what those rules and understandings need to be in order to keep everyone safe things like vaping things like going to parties are going to be A. Additional risk factors, and so we need to talk honestly and openly with them about. Their decision making so that they can make those choices for themselves in a way that's responsible. Another thing that I find myself wondering is, what will I do if? I get sick if I wake up one morning and I have symptoms, what is that GonNa mean for my students what is that to mean for the substitutes? Are we going to have enough people to cover those classes is going to put my colleagues at risk if they are asked to cover for classes of somebody else and they have to break into a different cohorts I, I worry about the implications. And how people may be put at additional risk but I also know that it'll be a battle for me to tell myself to stay home because often as teachers we will joke or we did before all of this, we joke about how it's easier to just go in with a cough and a cold than it is to plan for an entire day. When you're absent Andre Picard Teacher Lindsay Brown, there is a few to pick at one is that idea of schools being prepared to deal teachers who get sick? Do you think schools are ready for that? I don't think schools are entirely ready for that because we know that in a lot of parts of the country, there are chronic shortages of teachers already. So how do you feel Ian that's a just a difficult thing in a normal world and we're not in the normal world anymore. Then the question of substitutes, a breaks, this notion of having a bubble. So one of the big things about schools is what train keep people in bubbles limit their contacts. But what happens when you see constantly bring people into that bubble it defeats the purpose. So there are a lot of real challenges I. Think school boards have really really made a lot of effort but I think they probably started quite late at this We kind of wasted the summer in Canada really not discussing this, and then we're doing a flurry of activity and trying to figure out what to do on all these really complex questions at the last minute and the other issue is the issue around teens and trying to get teens to play by the rules when they're meeting New People and there are the questions that Lindsey raised around parties in vaping and intimacy. How do you get teens to to play by the rules? Well. It's never easy. Right anybody WHO's had teenagers in their house snows that they they're not rule followers. So I think we have to realize there's not going to be perfection. So the the ideal is to try and get everybody wearing their masks to social distance, etc. some are going to do it a lot better than others teenagers are going to be a challenge university age students. We don't talk about them enough, but there are a huge challenge as well. So these are all things we have to do to adjust to A. Different people react differently in society. There are adults who are. Really badly to we can't just say it's all about young people I think young people are getting a disproportionate amount of blame and worry when there's a lot of people being cavalier at all ages. One of the reasons why we wanted to do this have these conversations right across the countries because this is the discussion from coast to coast to coast in Winnipeg but this is a team that's playing as I say everywhere in Canada. Dwight lava league known as Butch he's. Head Custodian at the kindergarten to Grade Eight island lakes community school. Here he is preparing for the first day of class. Two days ago this was a workout facility. With special flooring. The flooring. And locate furniture throat the building and set up for I believe sixteen students in this classroom. Every classroom band rooms music rooms are being converted. regular classrooms gyms are being used for storage and classes. Community rooms are being used for classrooms library. Every every available space is being used for classroom now. That we can social distance and have at least six feet between each student. Cleanup has been a lot different than any other we have ever done. Changed all filters throughout the system we've adjusted our air intakes we've done our all our venting has been cleaned pressure washed vacuums whatever needs to be done. All classrooms have been sanitized doorknobs. All that sort of thing will have to be done bathrooms on on a on a regular basis as used we have to go and clean them wiping down, setting up a hand sanitizing stations throughout the school. Areas in the hallways directing traffic around everywhere. We have been doing in the division is shutting down all the you water fountains. The only thing will be the auto bottle fill stations. Philip regular bottle of water in probably fifteen seconds. I've been here for thirty years. We used to have students come help us. They'd be like our little student apprentice. We'd keep them busy for a while while the teacher was able to deal with what she had to deal with in the classroom. That will not be happening anymore just because of the safety aspect. Biggest fears that we've done this for nothing if we get all ready to go and we're up and started and people still getting sick in the building then what do we do do we do we shut down the school? Do we shut down parts of the school? Do we just shut school period across the province? That's that's the unknown, and that's what's got everybody worried that big unknown got everybody worried and a few moments we'll get to your calls. We want to hear about your concerns as well as your hopes for this most unusual school year the number to call one, eight, eight, four, one, six, eight, three, three, three, again, one, eight, four, one, six, eight, three, three, three people have called this an experiment or a gamble in terms of opening schools. There's a strong push behind it to talk more about that joined by the Economist. Armenian. Zine arming good morning. Good morning that why do we need kids back in school? Well. Having a safe place for children to be is not only what's good for the kids and certainly there's a huge part of that. But it's also that the economic crisis that is close on the heels of the health crisis. Will simply accelerate the longer. This goes on you know mom's contribute forty percent of their family's incomes according to economist. Jennifer Robson and families with children are the biggest block of purchasing power in Canada. And before the crisis hit household spending was the biggest driver of GDP growth. It's it was around the order of fifty seven percent of the economy. So, if you knock out the ability of MOMS like Tony and other MOMS to be able to contribute to their families economic wellbeing, then you're going to see. Two things happen. First of all the economy's going to go into a longer deeper economic contraction. and that'll be because some women who have been able to continue working not be able to continue working. and. It will mean that There's you know the other part of this is that child poverty he will accelerate and this was one of the small victories of the last few years, and that's problematic for the longer term because we're going to be really relying on these kids as the population ages and they're not getting a good education and they're going to be really struggling with hunger and shelter as well. We've got a real. Terrible problem coming down the Pike you and I have spoken over the course of this pandemic of that she session and the fact that women are being disproportionately impacted by the economic crisis that we're in right now in addition to that health crisis. Is your sense that governments are doing enough to given what's at stake here for women particularly. But but for everybody in the workforce, our government's doing enough to support successful school reopenings. Absolutely, Not the biggest success story has been income.

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