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WRDSB looking at volunteer-run after school activities during labour disputes

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The Waterloo Region District School Board is considering letting volunteers supervise students without teachers for some after school activities.

This comes after a number of “sit in” style protests last year by students at local elementary schools following word that after school activities would be cancelled due to teacher job action.

Public school board trustee Natalie Waddell telling today’s Record “We shouldn’t have our students sitting out and getting upset.”

Waddell proposes volunteers would be allowed to supervise after school actives such as drama and chess clubs, activities that take place inside of school and have less of a risk for injury.

Waddell adds she would like to see parents in volunteer rolls not just during labour disputes but all year round.

She explains volunteers would have to be screened, trained and approved by the school principle and would be covered by school insurance.