Ontario to Allow School Board Employees to be Voluntarily Redeployed help fight COVID-19

The Ontario Government has approved an emergency order that enables available school board employees to be voluntarily redeployed into congregate care settings such as retirement homes, hospitals, long-term care homes, and women’s shelters.
“Many of our long-term care homes, and shelters are short of staff, so I am encouraging any available educational workers to help out if you can, because you can make a real difference in the lives of those most in need,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said. The order will give school boards authorization to develop staff redeployment plans.
“This emergency order opens the door for our educational workers to voluntarily go where they are needed most during this crisis,” Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce said.  Training, and safety equipment will be provided to those who volunteer. A final decision on the fate of the school year will be made by the end of the week.
More information will be announced when the voluntary deployments become operational.