ETFO member survey shows violence pervasive in schools

Chronic underfunding of public education responsible for rise in violence

TORONTO, ON – An alarming number (77 per cent) of members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) say they have personally experienced violence or witnessed violence against another staff member, according to a survey conducted for the Federation in February and March 2023.

“Learning is being disrupted and violence is being normalized in schools because the Ford government refuses to adequately invest in public education. The system is suffering from chronic underfunding, under-resourcing, and understaffing, creating environments where student needs are going unmet,” says ETFO President Karen Brown. “The province must provide adequate funding so learning and working environments are physically and psychologically safe for students, teachers, and education workers.”

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ADSB Student Dress Guidelines Consultation

ADSB has developed draft student dress guidelines, which are intended to be used as school student dress codes starting in September 2023. You can view a recorded presentation here.

The Board is looking for your feedback. Feedback will be collected through ThoughtExchange until Thursday, May 25. In ThoughtExchange, you can provide your thoughts on the questions asked, and can also review and rate the thoughts of others.

For more information, including instructions on how to access ThoughtExchange, please review the email sent to you from the Local office.

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Call for Audit Committee

We are looking for two members to assist us with auditing our records over the summer for about two hours. No experience necessary.

If this opportunity interests you, please email the Local office by Friday, June 23. Those selected to form this committee will be compensated with a paid half-day in September for their services.

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Intent to Remain Forms

Intent to Remain Forms must be completed and submitted via the Employee Portal no later than May 31.

The Board will remove anyone who has not completed this annual requirement from the Occasional Teacher Roster.

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