TORONTO, ONTARIO, Jan 04, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
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Ontario school parents now have a place to plan, communicate and
share information as teachers' unions threaten "days of protest" and
continued bans on voluntary activities.
Free online network www.Schooltree.org has provided over 5000 Ontario
schools with live community web pages where parents can connect with
local school administrators and each other safely, easily and
The province announced Thursday it will be imposing contracts on
teachers and education workers but Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO) president Sam Hammond has warned parents not to expect
"business as usual" when kids head back to school on Monday.
According to CBC News, Ken Coran, president of the Ontario Secondary
School Teachers' Federation doesn't foresee the resumption of
voluntary and extracurricular activities as hoped for by Education
Minister Laurel Broten.
The continued brangling between teachers' unions and the province
have parents and students looking to each other and their school
administrators for reassurance and support through the threatened
"days of protest" and the continued ban of voluntary activities.
"People are trying to make up for their kids' lost sports and
extracurriculars to whatever degree they are able," says
Schooltree.org Director Jono Landon, who speaks with parents across
Ontario. "They're stepping up to support each other and school
programs for the sake of the kids." According to Landon, the
educational and social benefits to staying connected with other local
school parents have taken on a whole new level of importance during
times of crisis and uncertainty.
School parents in Ontario (and across Canada) can find their local
school's live community web page by searching by name or region at
www.Schooltree.org. Once they've signed up, parents can join their
local school page and connect with other school members. "School
parents want to connect with each other, for their kids' sakes and
their own," Landon says. "We've given them a safe, convenient place
to do that."
Schooltree.org is a Toronto-based internet company whose
recently-launched online parent engagement and communication tool was
designed specifically for school communities.