President's Message - week 23

In this weeks update: 1. COVID-19 Question and Answer Sessions 2. #BlackedOutHistory in publicly-funded education. 3. Education Worker and Teacher Vaccination

COVID-19 Question and Answer Sessions For Members, Parents, and Community Partners

Over the past year, COVID-19 has presented Ontarians with many challenges and questions. Lockdowns, school closures, and living in a virtual COVID-19 world have created many difficulties for OSSTF/FEESO members, parents, and communities. OSSTF/FEESO has collaborated with COVID-19 Resources Canada to provide members and their families, parents, and community partners with an opportunity to have their questions answered about the COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 Resources Canada is a grassroots initiative, started in March 2020 intending to facilitate Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are a dedicated team of multi-disciplinary Canadians with expertise ranging from biomedical research to web-development and business analysis, virtually working together to execute on COVID-19 Resources Canada’s vision and mission. OSSTF/FEESO, in conjunction with COVID-19 Resources Canada, is facilitating free COVID-19 vaccine information sessions for OSSTF/FEESO members and their families, parents, and community partners. The team at COVID-19 Resources Canada simply wishes to share truthful, concise information on the currently offered COVID-19 vaccines in order to address vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. In each of the sessions, there will be a scientist, a clinician, and a moderator to monitor the session and chat. There will be a brief introduction to COVID-19 Resources Canada, the grassroots organization running the nightly and special vaccine Q&A sessions. They will introduce the experts, from around the world, on the calls and then they will answer any questions you might have relating to COVID-19 and the safety of the vaccines. Session Times and Dates: All session times will occur during Eastern Standard Time. For OSSTF/FEESO members and their families: Monday, March 22 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Session for OSSTF/FEESO members, parents, and community groups: Saturday, March 27 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. For parents and community groups: Monday, March 29 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Please RSVP to RSVPCovidQA@osstf.ca, and a zoom link for the session will be sent to you.

OSSTF/FEESO’s statement addressing the call to end #BlackedOutHistory in publicly-funded education.

Please find attached :

https://mcusercontent.com/fd92d8e08ce1d6b287b53b308/files/87a3899c-a6cb-464e-bd73-5f5aca9bc2f7/OSSTF_FEESO_statement.pdf

Education worker and teacher vaccination. https://mcusercontent.com/fd92d8e08ce1d6b287b53b308/files/e9f98b58-46dd-42b2-8c5b-832f2c98582f/en_OSSTF_FEESO_Covid_19_Update_22.pdf

Upper Grand Employee Assistance Program

If you are finding yourself or a family member or a colleague is needing additional support or resources please refer to the board's employee and family assistance program. This service is free and confidential. The board is not given the names of members who are using the service. It has been a challenging year with COVID and many of us are dealing with other challenges unrelated to COVID. This resource may be of help to members who need it.

Access the Upper Grand District School Board’s Employee & Family Assistance Program 24/7 by phone, web or mobile app 1-800-387-4765 | www.workhealthlife.com

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