BCTF recently completed a comprehensive random sample survey of teachers as
well as a separate public opinion survey on the issues of health and safety in
schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings reveal that teachers are
worried about inadequate safety in schools and overwhelmingly support a
stronger mask mandate. The research report, Keeping
Safe Schools Open in a Pandemic: What BC teachers say we still need outlines
all of the findings and includes some data from a recent public opinion survey
teachers have been calling on the government, health officials, and school
districts to enhance health and safety measures in our schools for months,”
said BCTF President Teri Mooring. “From inconsistent mask use and poor
ventilation to an inability to maintain physical distance in our classrooms,
people are incredibly frustrated with how inadequate COVID-19 prevention measures
have been in our schools. Enhancements to the K–12 health and safety guidelines
are long overdue and the BCTF will continue to push the government, districts,
and health officials to do more to protect teachers, students, and the families
we all go home to.”
BCTF member survey found over half of teachers (57.8%) who are working
in-person in BC schools still do not feel safe working during the COVID-19
pandemic. In addition, an overwhelming 86.9% of teachers involved with
in-person instruction agreed that teachers and other adults in their workplace
should be required to wear a face mask, or face shield all or most of the time.
Another overwhelming majority, 79.9% of teachers agreed that students should
also wear masks all or most of the time in school.
A public opinion
survey commissioned by the BCTF also found the public agrees (83%) that
teachers are experiencing more stress and health risks as well as and increased
workload during COVID-19.
the BCTF member survey reported:
- health and safety measures in schools are
- teachers’ workload is increasing, and teachers
are burning out.
- teachers’ mental and physical health has
worsened during the pandemic.
- teachers are concerned about COVID-19’s impact
The full report is available online.