Supply Teachers: What’s the plan?

Doug Ford Stephen Lecce

The school year begins on September 8. There are many questions still being asked by teachers and parents amid concerns about COVID-19 for the upcoming school year.

A poll by Leger and Association for Canadian Studies shows that 66% of parents are worried about the fall term.

A question not answered by either the Algoma District School Board or the Huron-Superior Catholic School Board is the role of supply teachers.

Personal support workers, who work similarly to a supply teacher as they rotate through different facilities, had to cut their limit of homes from three to one to help “flatten the curve.”

Supply teachers do not have one designated class. In a normal school year, they rotate between elementary and high schools across the school districts.

With schools claiming they are doing everything in their power to assure parents their children are safe.

Supply teachers are one of the many concerns that school boards have yet to find an appropriate solution.

The worry brought to the attention of the provincial government and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce commented on the matter. “Our guidance already says to school boards that those supply teachers or occasional teachers really need to be, to the extent humanly possible, focused on one school or a small limit of schools,” he said.

The days to school’s opening in Sault Ste. Marie are numbered and no simple answer on what will happen the first time a teacher falls ill or cannot attend.

Sault Online reached out to the Algoma District School Board for comment.


  1. Support workers are sent to different schools everyday. Also they are sent to several different classrooms during the day. This is a major concern but nothing has been addressed on this issue!!!

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