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OHS Canada: Teacher burnout a worry amid new-look safety protocols

Across Canada, classrooms have been transformed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in an academic year unlike any others

November 25, 2020  by OHS Canada

Teachers across Canada have seen their classrooms transformed this year due to physical distancing measures implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Vladimir Vladimirov/E+/Getty Images)

At the end of August, teachers across Canada were preparing for a year like no other.

“Our hearts were breaking,” said Robyn Gasparini, a kindergarten teacher in Mississauga, Ont.

With 29 years of experience behind her, fall’s return to school started with a difficult task for Gasparini — undoing years of work put in to make her classroom welcoming to her students.

Carpets, little couches, cozy furniture: everything had to go.

“Everything that we’ve done to make our spaces welcoming and comfortable — a place where you feel like you belong — all of a sudden were very sterile,” she said.

New health guidelines to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission meant that many activities requiring sharing games and space were no longer possible.

Read more on OHS Canada, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s sister publications.


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