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Canadian Educators: Managing Your Anxiety from Returning to School - Shared screen with speaker view
Ramona
40:31
It is concerning the in and out of students from day to day and week to week attending school. Students traveling to school with other adults, families, neighbours, etc. the circle gets larger in terms of unknown contacts coming into the classroom
dumaisr
43:17
I have anticipated fears of if and when schools open up, that some students won’t be prepared as usual, with their supplies ( so having to ask others for pens, pencils etc. ) and for the joker students who would violate personal space for students and staff. I see challenges which could create more fear for all concerned !
Wendy Frank
45:12
Help others, but at the right time!
dumaisr
48:41
How do you have distancing in a High School class with 30 or more students? There is no way you can have students 6 feet apart ?
Starling Minds
49:31
Hi everyone - thank you for joining us! Please note that our French live caption isn’t working at this time, therefore we will be sending out the French video a few days after the webinar
Starling Minds
49:47
Thanks all for your patience and apologies for the technical issue
Ramona
51:27
Anxiety about the cleanliness of the classroom and school, classroom and desktops not cleaned or swept in weeks if not months
sdallyn
51:39
Lack of information causes anxiety
Tammy Clarke
52:26
I know of one school where two students were sent home because the Mom has covid symptoms and is waiting for testing results. That teachers is panicing.
Wendy Frank
52:31
Agree Ramona!
sdallyn
52:51
Going into a long weekend with no information
greerkaiser
53:30
Why can we only pick one?
Elana
54:06
I felt anxiety and guilt because I was exempted because of underlying health issues, and I felt bad for my colleagues having to work on site. I was relieved for them when I heard the news today.
Gayla Meredith
54:12
My thoughts, too greerkaiser… I could pick a few options!
Wendy Frank
54:13
Couldn’t answer more than one item for #2.
Heidi
54:39
Elana-I feel the same way-but my colleaugues ARE back.
jenni de la vega
54:46
I feel guilty for the frontline workers at the store
jenni de la vega
55:12
i feel so bad for doctors and nurses who will lose their lives
Wendy Frank
55:32
Before 1:00 pm. today, we still weren’t told as to who was taking care of distance learning and who would teach only in the class.
Terry Stober
55:33
Elana I am in the same situation as you
Ramona
55:51
There seems to be a thought of all is great in the school from the admin and what a great job staff is doing but the reality in the classroom is just not congruent with that message… Complete disconnect
Terry Stober
55:55
Feeling guilty
jenni de la vega
55:58
learning curve about online was harsh
Terry Stober
56:21
I feel a lot of panic about the future
Linda
56:21
Many parents have decided that as far as they're concerned, the school year is already over. They'll simply start fresh in September. I'm in B.C.
Denise Little
56:31
Could one of the Quebec panelists tell me if exempt teachers in Quebec are taking a médical leave or working from home?
Jaime Alfonso
56:44
We are working from home
Heidi
56:46
I am in Quebec, working from home
Jenn G.
56:48
the decision people are out of touch or not tuned in at all with life in a classroom
Ramona
56:50
Everyone has to accept and be compassionate that each teacher has a separate story and if you need to stay home, feel secure and OK with that
Jaime Alfonso
56:53
supporting the home school children
Wendy Frank
57:22
No training was given for online learning, and we were supposed to start on the 19th!
Denise Little
57:23
I want to return to work but have asthma and am no Spring chicken
dumaisr
57:50
If you get Corona ( from work) is that a WSIB claim ?
Denise Little
58:07
Good question dumaisr
Ramona
58:08
Quebec teachers work from home
Ramona
58:14
if they are exempt
Gayla Meredith
58:14
During these times self-care is vital… it’s the only thing we have control over. What strategies do you recommend?
Denise Little
58:17
Do we have the right to refuse unsafe work?
Sonja Corea
58:20
Teachers in BC will be expected to teach both in the building with students and online 1 day/ week from the school building…….
Jaime Alfonso
58:21
teachers will be paid full salary while recovering
Ramona
59:22
In some cases you can get a “temporary” exemption in Quebec from in school, but will work on ed kits sent home to parents and kits prepared by QC govt
Jaime Alfonso
59:34
You can refuse to work if you think the CNSST guidelines are not being respected but you need to prove it
Dale Hopkins
59:34
I've had hate email from one parent. Telling me she is tired of doing my job for her son while I'm sitting at home doing nothing.
sdallyn
59:50
great questions about if you get sick from covid will you be covered if you return to in school teaching - and how much coverage?
Ramona
01:00:45
Guilt because of the anxiety and I am not in the hospital with Covid patients, a lot of talk constantly from public no health or safety issues because kids do not get Covid, so everyone is safe
Elana
01:01:07
I got disconnected. Tech issues
Jenn G.
01:01:10
families are struggling to meet basic needs, lineups for everything; everything takes 5 times longer on an errands list and then add the constant adjustment to plans that have very little real world information, teachers are burning out
Gayla Meredith
01:01:13
At what level does everything get so overwhelming that one stops caring and stops trying?
Denise Little
01:01:19
Will BC teachers be supplied with PPE such as masks, face shields, etc?
sdallyn
01:01:25
I mean if you get sick from your experience teaching at school (with covid) what will happen - how much coverage will you get?
Linda
01:01:30
Denise, yes.
Jaime Alfonso
01:01:33
the children are developing rashes from the strong adult-level hand sanitizer sent to the schools from the board
Dale Hopkins
01:01:48
BC teachers will not be given any PPEs.
Heidi
01:02:04
BC fight for PPE QC did and we got some
Shelly Carson
01:02:14
my admin said that we don’t need PPE I’m in BC
Ramona
01:02:15
Now that I am back in school teaching, continue to get emails and requests from both students and teachers for work or followup on work sent to me by email, cannot keep up with that
Linda
01:02:16
Dale, our school will provide it as an option
sdallyn
01:02:25
We should not pay for our own PPE
lara kremler
01:02:27
Linda and Denise, Here in Victoria, NO. Although you can 'bring them from home.'
dumaisr
01:02:34
Hey Dale: probably the same parents who say “ nice to have the summers off .”
Dale Hopkins
01:02:49
Mine won't. I can get my own if I want.
Linda
01:03:17
B.C. folks, it is optional at our school. Will be provided. Masks anyways.
Denise Little
01:03:49
Does anyone know where to get face Shields in a small quantitY
Marilyn
01:04:03
Linda, that varies from district to district. Abbotsford says no to providing it.
Robyn Beauregard
01:04:11
Prince George, BC. I don't believe there is any PPE being provided.
sdallyn
01:04:24
I have started to use the read aloud function on my computer to help me read the many many emails / documents coming in
Sonja Corea
01:04:39
In BC- SD73- Kamloops Thompson, we are not being provided PPE but we can bring our own if we want.
Linda
01:04:46
Marilyn, Unreal! Union president or WCB should be all over this.
Denise Little
01:04:50
Not supplying workers with adéquate protection is going to contribute to anxiety
Linda
01:05:03
Denise, agreed
Linda
01:06:26
Andrew Miki, we've been tossing the PPE topic around. Obviously a huge stressor for us as it is yet another adaptation that teachers are forced to make, whether now or in the new school year.
Denise Little
01:07:39
It is really hard to find PPE in small towns and when you do find masks, they are so overpriced
Jenn G.
01:07:39
box breathing before after during after trigger is helpful
Sonja Corea
01:08:20
I don’t usually have wine during the week but I definitely have been having more glasses of wine during the week in the evening!
Dale Hopkins
01:09:42
Me, my wife, and my adult daughter are all working from our home. We really need to be aware of the other's triggers so that we don't take their bad mood personally.
Ramona
01:09:48
PPE it is inevitable that students will be in your bubble. Students ask questions and to see their work you need to get close
dumaisr
01:09:54
I find with more time on the computer than usual, my eyes are sore and I get headaches. So I try to go for walks with my dog maybe every 90 minutes or so. !
Linda
01:10:30
PPE is our 'shark music' Andrew Miki
Diane Gendron
01:10:31
I leave my computer in my office, and try not to go on too much. Giving myself breaks away from the emails and social media. Diane
Elana
01:11:12
I find the Zoom staff meetings very stressful. Tons of tech issues
Jaime Alfonso
01:11:20
The challenge is now that no one seems to have a regular day...everyone is "on call" all the time, receiving emails at all hours of the day and night, and in the case of our union leaders, being called to meetings constantly!
sdallyn
01:11:28
Working from home - I go for a walk "around the block" when needed
Louise Maltais
01:11:43
Question for teachers from Quebec back in classroom …. Do you have the number of students that you should have respectant the 2meters ?
Jaime Alfonso
01:12:21
yes, the minister said 15 max but actually the classroom space can't accommodate more then 9
Jenn G.
01:12:22
set boundaries and stick to them; share with families and admin
Gayla Meredith
01:12:53
Can you speak to the level of exhaustion that happens amidst such rapid change and uncertainty?
Denise Little
01:12:54
It is logistically impossible in most classrooms to keep the recommended 2 mètre distance between students.
Ramona
01:12:57
If they are sitting still, pretty close I have 11 in my class of 23. but when they get up to go to the bathroom wash their hands, etc. or doing work, the students move… they are not statues. and many have issues
Diane Gendron
01:12:58
Diane: As a specialists, I teach 17 classes and zooming in and out of classes has been very challenging.
Wendy Frank
01:13:00
Some parents are expecting tons of work, which ample amount is given each week. Some of these parents have children who haven’t handed anything in, but the parent says, “oh yes she’s/he’s done the work!
Denise Little
01:13:16
There was a pétition in Quebec, right? Did this have an effect?
Gayla Meredith
01:13:17
there is a level of grief going on as well amidst this
Helen Kavalieratos
01:13:27
I have much difficulty sleeping, and difficulty staying focused. My mind never stops.
Jaime Alfonso
01:13:41
Right on, Heidi
Elana
01:14:25
There are also so many comparisons between teachers in the public and private sector. Teachers in Quebec, and teachers in other provinces. Teachers in Quebec and teachers in the U.S.A
Jaime Alfonso
01:14:28
The teachers at school feel like they are part of a huge experiment
Wendy Frank
01:14:50
Yes, agree Jaime!
Tammy Clarke
01:14:57
Agree also
sdallyn
01:14:58
I don't want to be in a science experiment
Jenn G.
01:15:29
in BC we are being told to slowly broaden our social circles, going back in classroom isn’t a slow opening to social circle, it does feel like a TEST GROUP; grief for populations in the east is very real
Ramona
01:15:31
Totally agree Jaime.. We are the guinea pigs in QC and the age changed from 60 to 70 so all teachers would have to work..ridiculous
Wendy Frank
01:15:59
Teachers need to stop being “yes” people when something is unjust!
Denise Little
01:16:52
How do we, as teachers, know if the safety standards are being met if we don’t know exactly what they are?
dumaisr
01:17:07
Feel so bad for our brothers and sister educators in Quebec who have schools opened when the number of cases were the highest in the Country. What kind of thinking that?
Gayla Meredith
01:17:24
Do you have strategies to witness other’s heavy feelings without getting weighted down one’s self?
Wendy Frank
01:17:52
Safety standards were only given in the past week after all this time, and they’re unfair standards!
Cristina B
01:17:55
Good question, Gayla Meredith.
Lisa Loveland
01:17:57
us but it is difficult with lower levels ex.k
Lisa Loveland
01:18:05
yes
Denise Little
01:18:15
Where do we find BC’s safety rules and who set these?
Ramona
01:18:31
In QC in our school, I would like to know what the cleaning and health safety standards are right now, and who exactly is supposed to be doing the thorough cleaning.. is it teachers now too for all the cleaning?
Linda
01:18:32
Denise, WCB
Wendy Frank
01:18:48
I should say health standards.
Shelly Carson
01:18:58
i believe it is coming out Friday Denise with the announcement? Shelly
Mykola Misiak
01:19:10
What do you do about the “culture of fear” because of reprisal?
Denise Little
01:19:13
Thank you everybody
Linda
01:19:23
Correct Shelley, Dr Bonnie tomorrow.
Linda
01:20:04
Thank you Heidi, off to have that wine now ;)
Linda
01:20:14
Thank you Andrew!
Cat Lightfoot
01:20:57
This has been helpful to hear about what is happening in other provinces
Cat Lightfoot
01:21:39
Thank you Andrew, Heidi and Stephanie for your time and knowledge
Jenn G.
01:21:52
hang in there everyone, one day at a time
Helen Kavalieratos
01:22:01
Thank you for this. It helps to hear from others.
Denise Little
01:22:08
I would like to buy a face shield but can only order packs of 25 to 100. Does anyone have information on where to get only a few face shields?
Ramona
01:22:15
These sessions are quite helpful to all teachers - support here within the chat also.
Wendy Frank
01:22:44
🙏
jenni de la vega
01:22:55
you can make a face shield with clear plastic and a one hole punch. just hang the shield on a pair of glasses.
Cristina B
01:22:56
Some local pharmacies have face shields that can be purchased in small amounts.
sdallyn
01:23:06
Vancouver Aquarium is fundraising by selling masks and they are good looking - check their website
Ramona
01:23:15
1 week is NOT enough time to prepare your school and classroom to return unless you are prepared to work 10 - 12 hour days in the classroom like QC teachers in my school did
Denise Little
01:23:20
Thank you!
Lisa Loveland
01:23:38
The goverenment in Quebec has caused most of the anxieties because of the way they yoyo.
drogers
01:23:40
should teachers speak to union BEFORE talking to HR?
dumaisr
01:23:43
I saw someone make face shields using page protectors . Glasses make it work by having the arms go through the holes that are already there.
Ramona
01:24:08
I currently use page protectors as my face shield in my class on my glasses
Diane Gendron
01:24:16
I agree Heidi! The government just made it so confusing on a day to day basis.
Elana
01:25:17
It seems like Education in Que was not at the forefront of the MEES' minds, since this began. Their plan was wishy washy. At first, they said to act like we're on vacation! Then, we got the Open School Website and kits. Today, they said, "We're cancelling the school year."
Jaime Alfonso
01:25:33
Great advice Heidi
Linda
01:25:43
Bring your staff rep to the chat with your admin.
martha
01:25:58
government officials are humans and struggling with making the best choices with no experience or precedent
jenni de la vega
01:26:01
bc didn't get any open school kit. learning curve is harsh
dumaisr
01:26:06
You could ask you Health and Safety rep at your school before talking to the principal and HR.
Diane Gendron
01:26:19
Diane: I had to purchase my own mask.
Paula Wild
01:28:05
I missed the first bit of the webinar, how do we access it afterward?
Gayla Meredith
01:28:38
Thanks for taking the time to hold this webinar. It’s vital for members to have this connection with supports for their well-being - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
Denise Little
01:28:44
I am curions to know how many hours people are working per day
Paula Wild
01:29:00
In BC in sd73, we ave a health and safety group in the schools.
Louise Maltais
01:29:10
Merci!
Denise Little
01:29:19
Thank you all
Cat Lightfoot
01:29:24
LOTS!! With an hour and a half walk or bike ride around 4:0 and then back at it
dumaisr
01:29:25
Maybe 6 hours. Even our principal said to sent your boundaries. WE are not on call 24/ 7
Suzana Vukaj
01:29:26
Thank you...it's very valuable
Jaime Alfonso
01:29:26
thank you so much!
Paula Wild
01:29:28
thank you
Mme Tina
01:29:29
TY
Karen Reimer
01:29:37
Thank you
Jenn G.
01:29:39
great job Andrew some great reminders. thx Heidi and Stephanie for your stories
Malisa Mezenberg
01:29:39
Thank you!
Kalli Kiriazidis
01:29:41
I'm on a 40% workload...and I'm working about 40 hours a week trying to get ready for online teaching next week
Lisa Loveland
01:29:42
35 or mor a week and am an online teacher for k.
Brenda
01:29:42
Thanks
Terry Stober
01:29:44
Thankyou everyone
Cristina B
01:29:48
Thanks
Larry
01:29:49
If you feel there is an unsafe condition, see your administrator. They as the employer are responsible for providing a healthy and safe workplace. They must investigate the situation and implement control measures to mitigate the hazard..
Kalli Kiriazidis
01:29:51
Thank you
Lisa Loveland
01:30:04
Thank you
Diane Gendron
01:30:10
Thank you ! From Diane
sdallyn
01:30:29
We have Health and safety reps in all schools in Vancouver BC