School In The Age Of Coronavirus: Featuring Wonder Women Of The Week, Josie Baselj And Bibi Uzonyi
Written by Julianna Bonnett Life during the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for many, including parents and children. When the schools in Windsor-Essex closed in March, parents had to rearrange their schedules to be home with their children, where children had to get used to homeschooling and a different way of learning.
With school returning on September 8, many parents and students are anticipating what this school year will be like with new health regulations in check. Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced back in late July the new school plan would see elementary students in Kindergarten up to grade eight attending classes five days a week.
Bibi Uzonyi, a mother of two, said she thinks it's time for kids to go back to school. "This is the new normal for us, and for everyone, I can't shelter my children forever, they need their education."
Uzonyi, whose two children are entering into grade three and grade five, expressed that this is the time that their education is most vital. "It's going to be different for them because they're kids. They want to socialize, they want to be around their friends, but it will be different for them this time around," said Uzonyi. "They have been practicing wearing their mask for a couple of hours out of the week so they can get more use to it. As for physical distancing, they may need reminders here and there, but it's all something we all need to get used to."
Secondary schools in the Greater Essex County District School Board and the Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board will have classrooms accommodating up to 15 students with a mixture of online and in-person classes.
Josie Baselj, whose daughter is going into 10th grade, explained that she's not nervous like she used to be because of the mandatory masks in place and social distancing.
"It's so natural to me now, with where I work, you just know now, keep your distance and make sure your mask is on," said Baselj. "I trust that the government, the schools, the board are doing everything that they can with the best interest of the students in mind, this is why they continue to change everything around to make sure our children are safe."
This school year will be different and challenging for all parents and students but if we all have the positivity and trust like these two wonder women do, the school year will be a good one.
For more information on the new regulations in place for this school year, click the link below: