Same story, two takes

It was a different #FollowFriday. As I was looking up and down my Twitter lists of Ontario Educators to see who was active, there seemed to be a common thread. Tired, exhausted, and stressed out at the end of a long week. People are coping with their new job assignment reality.

Jennifer Aston put it this way.

Those that know me know that I’m an early starter to the day – 4:44 usually. Unless it was my turn to put the kids on the bus, I was early in to work – the most productive time of the day for me. Like most teachers, I start the day tired and coffee makes it better before crashing later on. On my drive in, my level of exhaustion (and the length of cars in the drive through) determined whether I got a coffee at the Tim Horton’s on Malden Road or held on to the one on Tecumseh Road.

Sadly, the big COVID news in the province was the closing of the Fellowes High School due to an outbreak there. It was reported on in a couple of ways.

The Toronto Sun had this on their landing page.

LILLEY: Teachers responsible for first Ontario school shutdown amid COVID-19 resurgence

Here, we got a chance to read the opinion and teacher bashing that is all too common. Oh, and a slam at the president of OSSTF’s educational background which had nothing to do with the story.

The CBC reported the story differently.

Pembroke school staff with COVID-19 thought they had allergies

Reporting here came from an interview on the CBC News Network with the Director of Education for the Renfrew County District School Board. He paints a story of doing things appropriately and taking action.

There is a difference in presentation between the two sources; the Toronto Sun allows for anyone to comment on the post. This lets you take the temperature of those who read the story.

According to the Government of Canada self-assessment tool when looking at symptoms,

Most common symptoms:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness

Less common symptoms:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes

Serious symptoms:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • chest pain or pressure
  • loss of speech or movement

The advice, as we all know, is to stay away from work if you suspect anything. I’m looking at you “tiredness”.

I can’t imagine what the media coverage would be if all of those who, feeling the tiredness and exhaustion of the times, had called in and requested an occasional teacher. According to the CBC article, the staff felt they had allergies which are quite common this time of year.

We hear over and over again how “we’re all in this together”. If these are examples are taken, it’s clear that we aren’t.

The Province of Ontario assessment tool is located here.

The Ontario scoreboard is located here.

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