Lessons Learned Upon Returning to School During COVID-19

313 DR. MADELINE PRESS SASKATCHEWAN POLYTECHNIC DR. SUZANNE ZWARYCH TJ ZWARYCH Summary: COVID-19 is having a huge impact on our lives. Many people fear for themselves as well as for family members who may be vulnerable to the virus. Teachers and parents also fear for the students they work with – a fear for them attending school, but also a fear if they do not attend school. In addition to the feelings of isolation and a lack of control over our own lives, teachers are having to adjust to working remotely with their own children at home. There is increased isolation resulting from the cancellations of graduations, weddings, birthdays, and funerals. Fewer opportunities to celebrate and interact with friends and families has reduced the interaction during the summer holidays and now teachers are being asked to return to school during a pandemic. The purpose of this study is to garner Read more…

Strengthening Schools to Support Syrian Refugees During the Pandemic

314 KIRSTEN CAVANAUGH DR. JANET OKOKO Summary: Strong relationships between families and schools must take place to support our learners. Never have these co-operative relations been as important as they are during Covid, when our students were expected to attend to learning with the help of their parents. As a country and province we have seen an increasing number of refugee families in recent years. Recently arrived refugee children face many challenges when adapting to their new country and schools along with their parents who are may be looking for work, attempting to learn English and adapting to different cultural norms. For these families, the lack of familiarity with the Canadian school system and implicit expectations and norms can be a struggle. Without strong in-school supports, these children are at risk of failing socially or academically. The purpose of this project is to understand the refugee experience with at-home learning Read more…