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Retired teachers urged to return to the classroom

Last Updated Sep 24, 2020 at 4:23 pm EDT

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The professional college for Ontario teachers is asking retired and former teachers to come back to work.

It comes as school boards across the province struggle with a staffing shortage due to the addition of virtual learning and smaller class sizes.

Thousands of former teachers have received the letter from the Ontario College of Teachers which pleads with them to return.

680 News obtained a copy of the letter, which can be seen in full in this tweet from 680’s Momin Qureshi.

A spokesman for the College says the former teachers are desperately needed right now because they can be onboarded quickly.

The Toronto District School Board alone said it was working to fill some 500 teacher vacancies earlier this week.