TORONTO –For Toronto high school teacher Rachel Thomas, this year’s back-to-school shopping list included something new.
“Every year I buy supplies for my students,” she said, speaking to CTV News Toronto. “So I was stocking up on paper, that sort of stuff, and then I realized that this year my students are going to need masks.”
Thomas says school boards are providing disposable masks to students, but she felt that was not a good enough long-term solution
“Using new, disposable masks every day is awful for the environment, and then the other part of it is the equity issue,” she says. “How are kids who can’t afford to buy either a reusable mask or multiple reusable masks going to operate in school? Are they going to be too embarrassed to ask their teacher for a new disposable mask every day? Are they going to reuse that disposable mask?”