Hearing the trustees of a publicly-funded school board in #onted try to justify not flying the #PRIDE flag is reopening some deep, raw wounds tonight.

They're trying to justify their hate with arguments about cost, "competing groups for the month of June," logistics.
As a member of the #2SLGBTQ+ community, I know this isn't about any of the excuses they're giving tonight in #HCDSB. This is about hate. This is about believing that some of their students and their families are inherently less valued, less worthy of respect, *less than*.
Why are these discussions even allowed in publicly-funded institutions? We have a Human Rights Code and it's pretty clear about this.

#2SLGBTQ+ people have the right to exist without having to justify that existence and participation in society.
More than that, though, #2SLGBTQ+ people have the right to *celebrate* their existence. It isn't enough not to be actively hated (although that's on open display tonight) - we deserve to be loud, proud, colourful, unapologetic.

Hatred should have no place in #onted.
I have lived this life for too long. I am tired of having to defend my right to exist openly.

I wrote these a few weeks ago for ETFO, and I'll put them here again:

My experience as a student: heartandart.ca/?p=9979

My experience as an educator: heartandart.ca/?p=9982

To all the families of HCDSB who have been and will be harmed by the actions of some trustees in your board, I'm sorry. I'm sorry that you aren't valued as you should be and that you're seen as less than others.

You deserve better than this.
You don't need a new flag "unique" to HCDSB.

You don't need to hear from the "silent majority".

You need your right to live and love freely to be respected and defended.

All my love to all of you.
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6 Apr
Who's ready for a new round of #OCDSB board meeting tweets? I am!

Reminder: mute this thread and/or the #OCDSB hashtag if you don't want to see these.

Last time I did this, Twitter got weird and put these tweets all over the place, so... sorry. It got messy.

Board! Meeting!
Tonight's #OCDSB meeting is a Committee of the Whole (or COW) meeting, so there are more people in attendance than last time.

There are a few delegations and, notably, Dr. Etches will be there to speak and take questions.
If we get to it, the Universal Screening Tool (to identify giftedness) is up for discussion tonight. This was deferred from a meeting a few weeks ago.

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Why are we framing COVID cases in schools as a percentage of how many DON'T have cases? We don't usually talk about public health this way.

We don't say, "37 million people didn't die from cancer last year."

We say, "More than 80,000 people died from cancer last year."

This is important because the way you frame COVID rates in schools can either highlight how prevalent the issue is or downplay it as if it's no big deal.

These are human lives that we are talking about. What matters is the people who ARE sick.
When you say 73% of schools have no active cases, you're implying the 27% aren't a concern, that they aren't the important statistic.

27% of schools DO have active COVID cases. That means more than 1 in 4 schools.

We're allowing the narrative to focus on the wrong thing.
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I keep thinking about this and I'm honestly so frustrated by these posts about how educators need to "stay positive" for their students because "projecting their fears/sadness/emotions will harm students."

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In my career, I have taught through the dissolution of a long term relationship, my mother's cancer diagnosis and treatment, two high risk pregnancies, family deaths, chronic health problems.

And I greet my students with a smile and try to be warm, welcoming, put together.
But some days, it's hard. Some days, your students ask you if you're okay because they can read your body language and can tell you're tired, you're worn out, you're distracted, you're sad. And that's okay. It's okay for them to see their educators as human beings with emotions.
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One of my biggest concerns about violence in schools, beyond the immediate concern of injury/trauma, is about what will happen to victims of and witnesses to this violence 15+ years down the road.


CW: violence, abuse, assault

#onted #onpoli #etfo #osstf #aefo #oecta
In a nutshell, we are teaching children how to be in abusive relationships. As a survivor of abuse and sexual assault, this is killing me. I don't know how to cope with the guilt and anxiety I feel about the situations these kids are put into.

#onted #onpoli
We tiptoe around volatile students in an effort to prevent them from becoming dysregulated. If a student escalates, the discussion becomes about what everyone else did, where we could have acted differently, where we could have changed our behaviour so as not to set them off.
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