Save Alternative Middle Schools
City View, like other Middle Alternative Schools in the TDSB, has had major staff cuts. These cuts, which went from 4 teachers to 2.5 teachers, raise profound equity issues and have grievously impaired the ability to run the school effectively, placing an impossible burden on the 2.5 teachers there.
For example, without a reasonable number of staff, programming normally provided for well-being and equity are severely compromised. That means significantly less supports and resources for Special Education and much needed mental health initiatives, especially in this time of Covid. That means diminished capacity to support students as they transition into high school. And that means no extracurriculars, including clubs that support community building and mental health for BIPOC and LGBTQ2S students and their allies. These are all critical components to an equitable education, nurturing meaningful connections and augmenting civic responsibility.
There is also a significant impact on our teachers, as they are overstretched and risk burn out in trying to fill the role of 4 people. It is not sustainable and our students and teachers are paying a very high cost.
We are seeking to increase the staffing back up to 3 from 2.5. Three staff is a bare minimum, so teachers can provide students with a rich and diverse learning environment that supports all types of learners and needs. Let's work together to advocate for a return to an adequate number of teachers at City View Alternative and the other intermediate Alternative Schools at the TDSB, which include Quest, Horizon, Delta, EAST and Spectrum.
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Grade 7 & 8 Students and Families at City View Alternative School