The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF/FCE) pandemic survey provides a look into how the closure of school buildings and an emergency transition to distance and online learning have affected teachers and students in every province and territory. The responses, from nearly 18,000 teachers from coast to coast to coast, show how current solutions are potentially detrimental to health, safety, and learning.
Pandemic Research Study
- 74% are concerned with the mental health and well-being of their students.
- 73% have concerns or questions about getting their students what they need to be successful with online instruction.
- 44% state that they have concerns with their mental health and well-being.
Of the teachers who responded to open-ended questions:
- 92% say that access to technology and learning materials was a barrier to equitable quality public education.
- 89% report concerns about student emotional health. Educators note that students are isolated and missing social connections with their classmates and schools, and they are concerned with students returning to school after a period of detachment.
- 99% have concerns about the return to school buildings discussed anxieties around not knowing the plans, adding that constant changes from Ministries of Education, without proper time and supports to adapt, have taken a toll on their mental health and well-being.
With the participation of the CTF/FCE’s 18 Member Organizations, the survey was completed in English and French between June 1 and June 18, and sought to capture the experiences and observations of the teaching profession during the pandemic.