Leslie Lascelle, an elementary school office administrator, shared an emotional Facebook post last week which has gained traction with people online.
She shared a tearful picture with a caption detailing her stressful experience working during COVID-19 where she has cried multiple times, been yelled at, and disrespected on the job.
The post comes after a rough start to the school year in Ontario as teachers, staff and parents say they have a lack of guidance, shortage of staff, and COVID-19 policies to navigate from the government.
“I cried at work yesterday. I also cried 3 different times last night after getting home from work,” Lascelle stated in her post. “I am an Office Administrator at an elementary school, and this is how my day has gone.”
Lascelle shed light on how staff are overworked and operating under difficult conditions on the job.
“I’m crying because the work and expectations that have been put upon us with the added ridiculous time frames are overwhelming,” Lascelle said.
She explained that she is crying from hearing the concerns of families, sending sick children home, being talked down to, all while trying to keep the school functioning.
“I'm crying because I have been told to get my sh*t together because a policy has changed and someone doesn't agree,” Lascelle said. “I am crying because I have 400 children and 50 staff to help try and keep healthy & illness free during a pandemic, yet parents continue to send their children to school sick.”
Lascelle pleaded to families out there to be kind and understanding when an office administrator reaches out to them. She says we are human too.
“So the next time you answer the phone and it is one of the school office staff calling, please remember that he/she has probably already been yelled at, spoken down to, and just right out disrespected and is already nervous about calling home again for a student,” Lascelle said.
She added that it is the school administration staff that juggle multiple tasks and make sure children are taken care of when the parents aren’t present.
“We wear many hats in the office and many times we work in the shadows going unnoticed,” Lascelle said. “Be kind and be thankful that there is someone looking out for your child when you can't be there with them.”
Lascelle’s post has received over 6,000 comments, 19,000 likes, and 29,000 shares. Other teachers, staff, and parents have expressed gratitude, thanked her for her work, and apologized for what she is going through.