Students deserve the supports they need to recover from the effects of the past couple years. Mental health, learning gaps, and early reading have all been affected by school closures and online learning.
We must invest in the well-being of our students and use a rights-based approach to making sure that our schools are delivering the fundamentals of what we expect for students’ education.
- Investing in a pandemic recovery plan that focuses on improving learning outcomes and participation that have been impacted by the effects of school closures and online learning
- Investing in early reading supports to improve literacy rates
- Investing in mental health resources, including appropriate supports for disabled, BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+ students
- Investing in outdoor spaces at schools and increasing the usage of outdoor space during instructional time
- Increasing opportunities for structured and unstructured movement throughout the day
- Working alongside the City to achieve Vision Zero targets in school zones
- Implementing the recommendations from the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Right to Read report and investing in the many different ways that children learn to read
- Advocating for the federal government to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code, in alignment with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth