As Ontario’s COVID-19 public health measures continue to evolve, including the extension of online learning for elementary school children, many of our employees, particularly those with young children, may experience challenges juggling both their job and parental responsibilities over the next few weeks.
To help support parents during this time, we’ve compiled a number of helpful resources for families whose children may be at home or participating in online learning.
- Parenting During COVID-19 webinar, February 1 from 2 to 3 p.m. – This session will address anxieties surrounding online learning and provide techniques for establishing a work-life balance in your home. Please register online through the training registration calendar (you will need to be connected to the VPN to access this page).
- Internal resources for parents – this ICE page includes a variety of helpful resources, including a recorded webinar from fall 2020 on parenting during COVID-19, as well as a variety of other websites and information sheets.
- External resources for parents – the links below, complied by the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment, provide excellent information about supporting your children during COVID-19 and online learning:
- Support Your Child’s Distance Learning, Peel District School Board
- Resources by Grade, Ministry of Education (Resources by Grade)
- Helping Kids Succeed at Online Learning, University of Alberta
- Curriculum-aligned Resources for Grades 1 to 8, TVO Learn
- Healthy Parenting at Home, World Health Organization
- Parenting During COVID-19, Government of Canada
- Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) – In addition to supporting your children with distance learning, it’s important to ensure that you are taking care of yourself. Full-time employees can access the EFAP confidential supports through the following:
- 24/7 by phone 1.844.880.9142 or TTY 1.877.338.0275
- mobile app, My EAP
- Additional EFAP resources – Morneau-Shepell has also published several articles that are focused on helping parents find balance and practice self-care while working from home:
- PD and Wellness sessions – Human Resources is planning a variety of professional development and wellness sessions for employees, including Overcoming Burnout, Working Remotely, Practicing Mindfulness and several mental health workshops presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association. The new PD and Wellness plan will be released later this month.
We continue to do our best to accommodate employees experiencing conflicts between their work and home life requirements and encourage transparent communication between employees and their supervisors to find flexible solutions over the next few weeks.
We hope these resources will also help employees create a manageable work-life balance as we continue to navigate the ongoing public health restrictions.