TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 10, 2013) - Ontario school parents now have a place to connect, share information and plan for teacher protests and continued bans on voluntary and extra-curricular activities.
Free online network www.Schooltree.org has provided over 5000 Ontario schools with live community web pages where parents can connect with local school administrators and each other safely, easily and privately.
According to a statement issued Wednesday from the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), union members voted overwhelmingly to launch a one-day protest of contentious anti-strike legislation bill 115. The protest will take place on Friday, January 11th, a last-minute announcement that puts school parents in an awkward and uncertain position.
"Not every parent can take a day off work and many find it hard to stay on top of news developments," says Schooltree.org Director Jono Landon. "They're scrambling to make arrangements that aren't always the most reliable." According to Landon, the educational and social benefits to staying connected with other local school parents have taken on a whole new level of importance during times of crisis and uncertainty.
Schooltree.org allows parents a safe, private forum to share updates and work together to save programs under threat from the continued teachers' ban on voluntary activities. "People are trying to make up for their kids' lost sports and extracurriculars to whatever degree they are able," explains Landon, who speaks with parents across Ontario. "They're stepping up to support each other and school programs for the sake of the kids."
School parents in Ontario (and across Canada) can find their local school's live community web page by searching by name or region at www.Schooltree.org. Once signed up, parents can join their local school page and connect with other school members safely, privately and conveniently.
Schooltree.org is a Toronto-based internet company whose recently-launched online parent engagement and communication tool was designed specifically for school communities.