Royal Society of Canada Policy Briefing: Children and schools during COVID-19 and beyond 

Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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Artwork by Zoë Hagerman, Canterbury High School, What Else. (2020). Pastel and pen on paper

Children and Schools During COVID-19 and Beyond: Engagement and Connection Through Opportunity

Five professors and one post-doctoral researcher from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education are among a group of leading scholars and education professionals who contributed their expertise to a new Royal Society of Canada (RSC) policy briefing on education.Tracy Vaillancourt, Chair of the RSC Children and Schools COVID-19 Working Group, along with Michelle Schira Hagerman, Andrew Hargreaves, Amanda Krygsman, Joel Westheimer and Jessica Whitley, all co-authored chapters for this benchmark publication.

The working group is one of several formed in 2020 under the auspices of the RSC Task Force on COVID-19, which were “mandated to provide evidence-informed perspectives on major societal challenges in response to and recovery from COVID-19.” This RSC briefing calls for immediate measures to ensure the well-being of students, teachers and staff and puts forth a detailed list of recommendations responding to the “'generational catastrophe' that requires swift action to mitigate the harm.” Professor Vaillancourt affirms “this comprehensive policy report on Canadian children and schools in the context of COVID-19 highlights an urgent need to prioritize the welfare of students and educators in our pandemic recovery efforts.”

Read the Executive Summary and full briefing here.

To cite this report: 

Vaillancourt, T. et al. Children and Schools During COVID-19 and Beyond: Engagement and Connection Through Opportunity. Royal Society of Canada. 2021  

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