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Faculty at U of T is urging the school to 'listen to its own scientists' in back-to-school plans

Last Updated Aug 26, 2020 at 8:53 am EDT

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"They have developed a plan with very little input from the most expert people who work for them."

Faculty members also raised the issue of classroom ventilation.

A petition launched last month by CUPE 3902 previously called on the school to re-think its plans for on-campus classes.

 

Concern from faculty at the University of Toronto who says the school isn’t listening to its own in-house scientists when developing its back-to-school plan.

The school’s faculty association says staff researchers have been among the world leaders in COVID-19 research and advising bodies such as the world health organization.

However, it it says much of that advice isn’t apparent in the university’s current plans to resume in-person classes starting next month.

A petition calling for a different approach to the school’s re-opening has more than 6,600 signatures.

The university says it is, in fact, taking advice from staff scientists and has put proper precautions in place to keep staff and students healthy.

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