Check-In, Monday, October 15th

Good morning County! Happy Monday.

Well, it looks like we have managed to make it through the first six weeks of school.

I know that the new “student support” initiatives that have rolled out this year have proven challenging for many of you, as more and more teachers are reduced to their minimum marking and prep time. This has been one of the most common issues from my in-box this week. Please be aware that we are bringing these concerns forward, but, as I mentioned last week, this seems to have been a directive that has come down right from the DoEECD. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will try, as best we can, to see if some sort of compromise can be reached. In the meantime, be mindful of your own personal resources and how much you are taking on. It is now, perhaps more than ever, important that teachers look to strike that work/life balance.

Speaking of balance, I would like to address the fairly large elephant that will be weaving its way into our collective schools come Wednesday. As we all know, that is the day that cannabis becomes legal, and although the government has said it is working on a guide for teachers, it is pretty unlikely it will be ready for “Weed Wednesday”. The impact of legalization on schools will only become obvious over the next few months, but teachers will need to navigate this latest “new normal” without, it seems, an inordinate amount of guidance. It has been stated that possession or use of cannabis on school grounds will be treated in the same manner as alcohol, but we all now there are some very distinct challenges to cannabis use, particularly with the rapid increase in vaping. If this development causes a particular concern for your schools, please let me know as soon as you are able.

Now, on to some lighter fare!

All of you will be attending the presentation on Wednesday or Thursday by Dr. Sharroky Hollie on Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning. I know that HRCE has sent out numerous communications on this, and I would encourage all members to closely review the material, particularly around food and scent sensitivities.

As well, don’t forget that we have two rather fun events coming up over the next few weeks. One is a trivia night that is being hosted by the communications committee on November 4th, and the other is a dance which is being held on November 24th. Check out our short-snappers for all the details!

And lastly, but certainly not leastly, this Wednesday also marks voting day for your next Provincial Executive member. Good luck to both Paul Boudreau and Drew Fournier, and thanks for running a great campaign. Polls open at 6:00 am on Wednesday morning and are open until 8:00 pm, so members will have lots of time to vote. Please make sure you cast your ballots!

That’s it for today, County. Have a great week, and enjoy Dr. Hollie!


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