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Dr. Moore called out Waterloo region in his presser today, noting that we still cannot keep our cases down thanks to the Delta variant’s increased transmissibility and severity.
Yes, deaths in children are rare. But as we see a spike in pediatric cases (which we will as we enter this fourth wave with Delta at the helm), we will inevitably see more children permanently disabled by long COVID, multisystem inflammatory syndrome, and other complications.
Even in “healthy children” without any preexisting conditions, we will see complications. Achieving natural herd immunity by “normalizing COVID in schools” and letting this virus run its course in a vulnerable unvaccinated population is simply not an option for me as a parent.
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As for schools, I'd rather have mandatory vaccinations for staff and eligible students, mandatory masks, CO2 monitors, 6ACH ventilation, cohorts, regular rapid testing and distancing
before janitors and hygiene theatre. #onted
As for schools, I'd rather have the province identify now what the criteria for opening and closing will be as far as community transmission levels around the schools, rather than asking parents to identify now whether their kids are returning or not without knowing the criteria.
As for schools, I'd like to see strict regs if classrooms have to have unvaccinated students or staff. I'd like to see them required to have rapid screen testing 3x a week for starters in any area that has moderate to high community transmission, proper masks, etc.
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Ontario, we're exactly 6 weeks out from most school boards opening. Despite reassurances from our Premier that it is "comprehensive" and from our CMOH that it is "robust", there still is no public, evidence-based, costed and funded #SafeSeptember2021 plan. #onted #onpoli 1/10
Parents, advocates, educators, and concerned citizens started asking the government last spring what the plan was for our kids. Oh don't worry, we were told, kids don't get COVID (they do). Kids don't get that sick from COVID (they do). Kids don't die from COVID (they do). 2/10
And now it's July 2021. We're basically in the same place we were as last year, although now we should theoretically know better, because we have a whole year of data to guide our decisions. 3/10
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A return to in-person learning in Canadian universities this fall, without a #VaccineMandate and other mitigation measures, is rife with complications. And many questions. A thread 🧵1/
#HigherEd #Ontario #OntEd #VaccinesWork
The largest class I am teaching in-person this fall has 120 students. If we estimate that 70% will be fully vaccinated by this fall, that means this class will have 84 vaccinated students, 36 unvaccinated students, and 1 vaccinated prof spending 3-hrs together every week.
Current estimates suggest that two doses of an mRNA vaccine are ~88% effective against the #DeltaVariant. So if a student brings Delta to class, we are looking at an outbreak with many infections - mostly in the unvaccinated students - but also in ~10 fully vaccinated students.
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I’ve been following the conversation around #OntEd’s destreamed math curriculum. Today I read this thoughtful thread from @realJ_Mitchell. Please take a look, then come on back for my take as a mom, an Ontario voter, and a university educator.
My students are well past school-age, but my kids aren’t. And my work exposes me to the direct impacts of structural racism, sexism, and colonialism on adults. Here’s what I’ve learned in my career, and how I think it intersects with the issue Jamie discusses:
The point of education - especially elementary and secondary - is to prepare kids for the world they’re entering. To teach them how to think critically, how to reckon with our collective past and repeat the good parts while honestly addressing and working to repair the horrors…
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Looking at a side-by-side comparison of the original #OntEd destreamed math front matter and the edits that were released yesterday.
The edits are evil.
Dive into the thread if you are interested.
First image is the original document. Second image is the recently revised curriculum.
Notice what is missing.
Why *don't* we want students to use math to address social and environmental issues, to uncover inequity and discrimination?
In the section on Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy...
Can't talk about power, social justice, or being anti-racist and anti-oppressive.
(odd images are the original, even images are the edits)
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🧵Thought experiment: Suppose 85% of Toronto was fully vaccinated and 15% were unvaccinated. Would we expect more infections from the unvaccinated or the vaccinated? Let's do the math.
#covid19ontario #onpoli #onted #vaccineswork
2. Let's assume the VE, vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant symptomatic infection, is 80.8% after 2 doses. (Public Health England). That means that 80.8% will be protected compared to the unvaccinated and 19.2% will still get a "breakthrough" infection.
3. If 85% have a VE of 80.8% and the 15% unvaccinated have a VE of zero, then we can estimate that the 85% will generate
85% x (1-.808) = 85% x .192 = 16.32 infections from the fully vaccinated
for every 15% x (1-0) = 15 infections from the unvaccinated.
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This is an open message to:

It was kinda funny when Doug Ford showed up hawking cheap beer. Kinda. But it stopped being funny a long time ago.

Fast forward to 2021.
We now have a massive pile (words purposely chosen) of…

…failures, hostility, disinformation, and outright attacks on the very things that many hold dear in this province: healthcare, education, care of our elderly, key elements of our social safety net, and the environment to name but a few…

…and much / all of it has been in the interest of privatization, corporate greed, cronyism, self-service, self-promotion, ego and pure profit.

In addition, this government has sowed division and hate. Racists have been subtly, and not so subtly, nudged into action.

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NEW from @krushowy: Toronto’s public and Catholic boards say June graduations will go ahead online as planned virtually, despite Premier Doug Ford’s urging that schools hold in-person, outdoor celebrations for students in all grades this month. #onted…
Other schools and boards around the province have also started notifying parents they, too, will stick with virtual grads, prompting the premier to issue a statement late Friday saying he is “extremely disappointed.” /2…
On Friday, the Toronto District School Board sent an email to families saying even though it has been a challenging year, virtual plans have already been set, and money spent, and “there is very limited time to plan in-person events of this size.” /3…
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PRELIM 🧵📉#Ontario key indicators, regional stats and trends
1,033 new cases
26,526 tests
- Rt n/a
- some ON data n/a
- hospitals underreported
#Covid19 #Covid19Ontario #onhealth #onpoli #onted #Covidontario… Image
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Day 440 of isolation. Perfectly healthy child attending virtually because @Sflecce & @fordnation refused to adequately fund #onted to ensure @ONThealth & @GovCanHealth recommendations were met in schools.
Why weren't these same experts advocating for ALL students in the fall? 1/
Our most vulnerable not provided a safe place to learn; otherwise healthy children sacrificing their own #mentalhealth, bearing the burden of protecting the lives of their vulnerable/high-risk loved ones... 2/
Why did these experts permit schools to open in the first place without adequate safety measures in place? 3/
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Six in ten Ontarians are living in health regions with high or substantial #covid19 school transmission risk. #onted #onpoli
Estimated school transmission risk levels for public health units, with population on the left (in thousands). This does not account for future vaccinations, higher transmission due to B.1.617 variant growth, low testing, future opening of businesses, or high local hotspot risks. Image
All I am asking for is a little #precautionaryprinciple after so many failed attempts to stem infections without school closures. All I'm asking is that we wait a few more weeks to actually see B.1.617 data and open cautiously where transmission risks are lowest. Just this once. Image
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Opinion: If we really want to improve kids mental health and are bent on opening schools in high transmission risk areas, then why not bring them outdoors? It would be a teaching moment as well on how to reduce personal risks and help the community. Kids would love this. #onted
I believe the ratio of risk is ~18:1 safer for outdoors vs indoors and it requires zero ventilation enhancements in short term. Let kids enjoy summer outdoors.
I'm sure there are hurdles including hybrid learning, weather, etc. But the concept of in person education does not demand that we do it in the highest risk venues (indoors).
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Ontario #covid19 status May 29 in charts.
1057 new cases. Rt .75. Notable drop in test positivity below 5%.
#onpoli #onhealth #onted Image
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@sunflowercyn @AmyfStuart @MommyGearest @TorontoStar Sadly, the #SpecialEducation portfolio is massively huge &the needs greatly outweigh funding provided. Every school board #budget cycle is like a mean game of Russian roulette being played with our kids' lives. #COVID19 merely succeeded in showing parents & teachers...
@sunflowercyn @AmyfStuart @MommyGearest @TorontoStar ...that heck yeah, it is all about creating/nurturing that #community "village to raise the child"! We all need to work together if the intention to raise confident, educated, happy/healthy kids that are ready to take on the world! We all need to work hard (& together)...
@sunflowercyn @AmyfStuart @MommyGearest @TorontoStar ...if we're going to create the same equitable space & future for kids that need more attention & TLC. Academic/#learning gaps have been around for YEARS as have unrecognized/neglected mental health related issues for #students👉esp those w/#disabilities. What's the...
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#Ontario Regions May 27
1,135 new cases.
Only Porcupine and Peel remain in purple.
Widespread decline underway.
#Covid19Ontario #Covid19ON #CovidOntario #onpoli #onhealth #onted…
Regional map of weekly case rates. Peel stands out.
Growth rates show almost universal declines.
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In light of the sudden outcry for the (potentially) premature return to school by people who are ‘newly’ concerned about youth mental health...

I’ll echo the thoughts of many friends/colleagues when I say:
“Where were you before now?”

I’m reminded of a student...
...of mine from earlier in my career. She struggled with mental health issues and often flirted with suicide. In addition to reporting the situation (as my job required), there were a number of occasions where I counselled her, and encouraged her to ‘stay with us’...
...and to keep moving forward. I specifically remember telling her that the world was a better place with her in it.

Thankfully, she did ‘stay’, and is now married with kids of her own.

Her story is a happy one. But I’ve also witnessed students (too many)...
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People seem taken aback by the anger and frustration expressed by #onted over the past couple of days.

Marking break =🧵time.

You are an educator...
You are told the plan will be the “best” in the country...

...and 1 week in, classes are collapsed to maximize class-sizes, rather than meet the recommendations of the government’s own experts. 2/10
You are told that no expense will be spared for the children...

...and then you learn that the Gov ignored the health recommendations and watered down their plan 3/10…
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I appreciate the interest and enthusiasm I'm seeing to find creative solutions for the remaining weeks of school. We advocated tirelessly for many of these options throughout the pandemic, and found they require a significant amount of planning and new resources.#onted #onpoli 1/
I'd love for my daughter to finish her final year at her school in-person with friends and educators who have seen her through these seven years. With four weeks left my hopes are now pinned on better when our kids return in September. #onted #onpoli 2/4
This school year never had to be this way. Our government chose not to prioritize the necessary steps to keep schools consistently, safely open. The way Ontario has experienced #COVID19 was preventable, and our kids have paid a high price. #onted #onpoli 3/4
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All this chatter this morning about #OutdoorLearning in #onted is good. But it once again highlights the lack of understanding that the general population has about how a school works.
🧵time (because this is a good way of procastinating)
Q: What's so hard about taking your class outside?

A: Nothing if you are talking about a single lesson. But the conversation is about moving a majority of learning outside, rain or shine.

So what's the big deal?
Yards. Some yards are huge fields with shade trees. Most are concrete playgrounds with a patch of grass (if lucky).

You can't have kids out in the sun for 6 hours straight.
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It is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia.

I'm worried that because #onted is all virtual right now, many educators won't talk about it because "parents can hear".

I hope families heard the discussions we had this morning.
I hope families heard these grade four students explaining what othering is.

What homophobia and transphobia look like.

That it isn't all just about active hate.

I hope families heard the stories of harm, frustration, defiance that were shared this morning.
I hope families heard the voices of these brilliant children who are regularly brave enough to gently call each other out on problematic speech, on assuming someone's identity.

I hope families heard these kids talk about being misgendered. Being targeted. Being scared.
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Here is an aspect of the fractured learning model (aka #hybrid) I haven't seen anyone address.

I am teaching virtually this year so I don't have experience with this hideous model.

What I can tell you about my online classes is this...

A short 🧵 for #onted

➡️We are very much a 'group'. No one feels left out and everyone feels like part of the class.

➡️All of the kids are learning at home and share that in common. It might seem like a minor deal but it's a pretty big thing they have in common.

➡️They chat. They interact. On their own, they form class chat groups (that I have nothing to do with).

➡️When they're learning, they see whatever I am screen-sharing with them & my face. They tell me it feels like I am speaking to *them*. They aren't passive observers here.

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#Onted, who would be able to provide data on number of classrooms, students per classroom etc for Ontario so that I can do some capital cost and operational costs on air quality related upgrades? More than the 2015 facility condition list.…
2/ I'm thinking of some per-classroom budget numbers balancing operable windows/fan, HRV, filtration, upper room UVGI, including energy costs/penalty, GHG emissions, maintenance.
3/ I can do analysis per classroom with an "average" class size or some distribution bins and then multiply through by total classrooms to arrive at a total $ figure.
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