A to Z of being an OT

A to Z of being an OT

Being an Occasional Teacher can be challenging. In this section you’ll find a variety of resources to assist you that are not specifically related to the curriculum. Here you’ll find information on everything from coping with stress to Employment Insurance.

Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect

All professionals who work with children in the Province of Ontario are required by law to report suspected child abuse and/or neglect to their local Children’s Aid Society. This page is a collection of advice that ETFO has developed for members regarding what to do if you suspect a child is being abused.

Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect

Ontario Student Record (OSR)

Teachers have a requirement to assist in the maintenance of the Ontario Student Record (OSR). This site, maintained by the Ministry of Education, sets out what a teachers professional responsibilities are.

Ontario Student Record (OSR)

Bill 3 -Sabrina’s Law

On May 16, 2005, the Ontario Legislative Assembly passed Bill 3, a private member’s bill sponsored by Dave Levac, Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). The law affects all publicly funded Ontario school boards and schools and is the first of its kind in Canada. The law came into force on January 1, 2006. This site contains important information that will assist educators in protecting all pupils with life-threatening allergies. Unfortunately not all boards provide this training to their occasional teachers. This site contains important information to assist you in this area.

Bill 3 -Sabrina’s Law

Teach in Ontario

Most newly certified teachers start their careers as OTs. This page, hosted by Teach in Ontario, contains advice for Internationally Educated Teachers on being an effective OT in Ontario.

Teach in Ontario

Teach in Ontario – Interviews

This site, maintained by Teach in Ontario, contains extensive information designed to assist teachers in their preparation for a job interview.

Teach in Ontario – Interviews

WSIB

This on-line booklet provides a general overview of the WSIB process, including:

  • filing a WSIB claim,
  • appealing a negative decision,
  • the importance of medical evidence, and
  • return to work solutions following a workplace accident or illness.

This booklet is regularly updated to reflect current WSIB legislation and policies.

WSIB

Apply to Education

As Canada’s premier paperless application system for school boards, applytoeducation.com streamlines the recruitment process for applicants by allowing them to fill out ONE application online and upload ALL of their supporting documents to complete their portfolio. A user name and password is required.

Apply to Education

Service Canada Employment Insurance (EI)

This page, maintained by Service Canada, provides information for occasional teachers about EI.

Service Canada

Member’s Guide to Employment Insurance (EI)

A Member’s Guide to Employment Insurance is a resource that provides general advice for members who require access to regular or special benefits. The resource examines a number of issues including:

  • Applying for benefits,
  • Maintaining benefits,
  • Tips for Occasional Teachers,
  • Requirements for Special Benefits (Maternity, Parental, Sickness and Compassionate Care).

A Member’s Guide to Employment Insurance

Sexual Misconduct

Over the years, ETFO and its predecessor organizations have provided a comprehensive series of informational articles, videos, and advice to help members prevent the sexual abuse of students and avoid allegations of sexual misconduct. This is an issue that ETFO has consistently taken very seriously. ETFO continues to provide guidance to its members in many forums and in many ways.

In 2002, the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) issued its first Professional Advisory. That Advisory was called “Professional Misconduct Related to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct.” Every member of the OCT received a copy in the December 2002 issue of “Professionally Speaking”. In light of the intense public interest in the recent report of Justice Robbins involving these issues, and the release of the OCT advisory, ETFO has decided to issue this document to its members. This article will outline ETFO’s continuing work on this issue, will clarify the OCT advisory, and will reinforce the advice that ETFO has provided to its Locals and its members.

Sexual Misconduct