From: Anne Marie M.
Students across Canada are facing great uncertainty and challenges as a result of Covid-19. But some students face even more barriers, many of them invisible to their schools or teachers. Some of you might not have full access to reliable wifi, or a device that makes it easier to learn from home. Some of you might have to take on additional responsibilities, such as picking up more shifts at work to support your family, or providing childcare so others in your home can continue to work. Some of you might have lost access to the people and supports that help you learn. I am a Principal in an Ontario secondary school. Although Pathways didn’t exist when I was your age, it now supports students in the neighbourhood where I grew up–and the students who attend the school I now oversee. I applaud all of you for your efforts to prioritize school when there might be so many other things taking your attention and time. And for those of you losing focus or losing faith, remember that there are Pathways staff at the other end of a phone or email who are willing to support you through these challenging times. You all deserve a promising future. Stay home, stay healthy, and stay committed to your future goals!