UPDATE: In Class Schedules at Public Schools Still Uncertain
The union representing public secondary school teachers in Windsor-Essex is renewing its call to delay the start of in-class learning.
Schedules for students and staff returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic weren't sent out until after 5 p.m. Sunday night after the Greater Essex County District School Board's online portal crashed at 8 a.m.
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation District 9 President Erin Roy says her members and students now have very little time to prepare for class.
"It was supposed to be ready for 8 a.m. Sunday morning, unfortunately, there were more IT issues that ensued, then it was supposed to be up and running for Sunday evening," says Roy, who issued a plea to delay class until Wednesday heading into the weekend. "That's pretty late in the game to let kids know whether or not they need to be in school."
She tells AM800 News there's too much chaos that needs to be straightened out.
"Teachers and education workers are excited to be back with our students, but we need to be properly prepared," Roy says. "I just think everyone needs to slow down and do this right. Let's have a clear communication plan so that everyone is on the same page. IT issues are going to come up, what's the protocol when they do?"
Madison Olsen-Mickle is heading into Grade 12 at LaSalle, Ont.'s Sandwich Secondary School.
The 17 year old says many of her classmates are worried they won't get the right classes to plan for their future.
"They need to drop classes and take other classes for post-secondary reasons and it's very stressful for bunch of people because we don't know what classes we have or if we're allowed to keep certain classes," says Olsen-Mickle, who goes on to say there's already enough anxiety over what to expect this year with the pandemic.
She says some students just want to get back into the classroom, but most of her classmates want to see staff work things out first.
"So they can get everything settled and they can go to school prepared and know what we're doing," says Olsen-Mickle. "I know that they're [staff members] working super hard under a lot of pressure and they're not prepared for any of this. I understand where they're coming from and I also understand where kid's that are complaining are coming from to."
Scott Scantlebury says the board is now calling parents and students are being asked to monitor the email issued to them by their school for their schedule.