BREAKING - Lockout continues with negotiations at an impasse

An update from the Niagara Catholic District School board says negotiations have reached an impasse with the union representing permanent Catholic elementary teachers.

The statement says at 1:30am Tuesday, the provincially appointed mediator declared an impasse in negotiations.

The board says the lockout will continue until further notice;  it began Monday

The statement goes on to read, Schools will be open to receive students, and every effort will be made to ensure students are in a safe environment, but programming will be significantly affected.

While regular programming will be affected, Principals with available staff will, to the best of their ability, organize programs for students.

Buses will be running on scheduled routes, and may be delayed entering school property.

The board also reminding parents that individuals entering school property may encounter picket delays.

If parents encounter an unsafe or intimidating delay, they are asked to respond calmly and notify the school Principal.

The full statement reads:

Negotiations Update – March 21, 2017 – 1.30 am

At 1.30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, the provincially appointed mediator declared an impasse in negotiations. The lockout will continue until further notice.

Schools will be open to receive students, and every effort will be made to ensure students are in a safe environment, but programming will be significantly affected.

While regular programming will be affected, Principals with available staff will, to the best of their ability, organize programs for students.

Buses will be running on scheduled routes, and may be delayed entering school property. Principals and supervisory staff will be at the school to receive students.

A reminder that individuals entering school property may encounter picket delays for the purpose of peacefully communicating their message. Should you encounter an unsafe or intimidating delay, we encourage you to respond calmly and notify the school Principal.

We will continue to update this section of the website as information becomes available.

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