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

by OHS Canada   

OHS Canada
Human Resources Public Sector

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

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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