Seeing comments/memes belittling the fatigue, stress and anxiety teachers and school staff are feeling. Many comments like, ‘quit if you don’t like it’ or ‘grocery store workers kept working while you were at home being paid to do nothing’ or ‘good thing they aren’t nurses’ 1/
First of all, kudos and endless gratitude to everyone who worked during the lockdown, for being ‘out there’ and providing essential services. Thank you! 2/
Even though teachers worked from home for the last 3 months of last school year, they were working too. They had to turn on a dime to figure out an entirely new way of doing their job, which many teachers found exhausting and taking up all day and every evening. 3/
Many teachers had an anxious summer, not knowing what/where they would teach or how it would work. They went in to physically rearrange their classrooms to attempt to get distance between the kids, even as class sizes grew and grew. 4/
Many admin. and school staff put in a lot of hours over the summer trying to get ready for a year with constantly shifting requirements, knowing that in a school, it would be impossible to maintain the health measures expected for everyone else. 5/
Everyone wanted to go back to school, but safely. During lockdowns, grocery stores had a limit to how many could come inside, and everyone else had to wait outside. Some stores allowed a TOTAL number of customers in the store that is less than teachers have in one classroom. 6/
It was easy to distance and avoid others in stores, plus most people would be there for maybe 20 minutes. If they had all the people in the store, plus more hanging out in one aisle for six hours, maybe it would seem different? 7/
People in other stores and even in hospitals had a right to limit the number of people in a given space and insist on distancing. Again, so grateful for all these people. 8/
The anxiety in schools is from being told that the same health measures we are reminded of daily for the rest of society cannot happen in schools. No ‘limiting’ gatherings and the distancing is usually impossible. Please stop belittling and downplaying this valid anxiety /x

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4 Dec
I don’t think I have it in me to listen to the covid updates anymore. I’m done hearing admonishments like “We must work together” when WE are so obviously not doing that, and when so much effort has gone into providing loopholes for people who refuse, but no consequences. 1/4
I’m sick of hearing ‘bend the curve’ when the goal always should have been to flatten it and then take it down to zero. I’m repulsed by the same people who equate the economy to the value of human lives lecturing me about behaviour that is not demanded of everyone. 2/4
It rings hollow to hear empty platitudes about personal responsibility and looking out for each other from the same people catering to others who are so selfish and weak that they can’t wear a scrap of cloth on their face for a few minutes or forgo their social activities. 3/4
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24 Nov
Evening #ableg sitting and emergency debate on the covid situation. Let’s see who actually wants to talk about the issue and find solutions and who wants to just keep playing politics.
Rachel Notley is pointing out that AHS can’t keep up with informing people at schools that they’ve been exposed to a case of covid-19 and that it’s deeply troubling to parents in Alberta.
It’s been 10 days since Kenney has made an appearance to say or do anything about the pandemic. 84% of the cases in Alberta have occurred while Kenney has been M.I.A. More than 5000 new cases since last Thursday.
Read 35 tweets
22 Nov
I don’t want to seem paranoid, but I really feel that despite their truly superhuman efforts to follow all possible protocols, schools are driving this covid spread to a far greater degree than the government will admit. 1/10
We know there has been in school transmission in 166 schools. We’re told ‘about half’ spread to “only one” other case. Let’s examine that claim. The way this government equivocates, we can be sure that ‘about half’ is not less than half or exactly half or they would say so. 2/10
So, at a minimum, 84 of 166 schools had more than one case transmitted. If those schools had only 2 cases as a result, we get (84 x 2)+ 82 (with one case)= 250 cases. Minimum. However, the schools with >1 other case—how many others? It could be a LOT more than 2. 3/10
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19 Nov
I want Dr. Hinshaw to succeed in convincing Albertans to do the right thing. I could hear her frustration today. But her media availability was full of equivocation. She was asked for details, numbers, concrete examples...1/6
and instead we heard ‘it depends’, ‘we’re not sure yet’, ‘we’re monitoring that’, ‘there are many factors’ or ‘I have not been part of that conversation.’ For me, at least, it sounds like there is no plan. The threat of ‘more intrusive measures’ seems empty because...2/6
there is no indicator of what that means. At all. We blew past the 50% ICU capacity trigger and then some. I understood when she first said 35 of 70 in ICU that *something* would happen. Nothing did. New York closed their schools today at the 3% testing positivity, like 3/6
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18 Nov
I’m trying to get most of my holiday shopping done online and early. But, I still want to spend as much as possible in Alberta. Please reply with your favourite (or own!) Alberta businesses that have online shopping + delivery or curbside pickup! Add a brief description. Retweet!
I’ll add a few to my own thread.
I love these shops in Edmonton:

harlowcrestwood.com
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16 Nov
I’ve got a journalism degree. I can think up good questions!
Here are some:
-if kids can be asymptomatic, like you said, how do you know those kids aren’t bringing it home from school?

-is anyone checking to see that close contacts who were quarantined ARE being tested? 1/5
-Please explain how 30 kids much closer together than 2m eating lunch in a classroom with no masks on is different than a party?

-Please explain how a group fitness or kids’ dance class is different than a PE class at school?
2/5
-Students can be in a room together for 6 hours, mostly with masks on, but a lot closer together than 2m. Please explain why this is safer than having a few masked guests over to my home, for 2 hours who *can* be 2m apart.
3/5
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