It's down to the wire

Negotiations between the two sides in the Niagara Catholic elementary labour dispute wrapped up yesterday without a deal.

According to an update on the Catholic Board website the two sides are making progress as they try and reach a deal before Monday's lockout deadline.

Both sides plan to resume talks Sunday morning.

In the event a deal is not reached, the school board says schools will be open Monday but programming will be significantly impacted. 

In the event of a lockout there will be picketing, and there may be brief moments when parents would be stopped as they enter the parking lot.

The looming possiblity has some parents very concerned.

Dina told CKTB her son has Type 1 Diabetes and she is not comfortable sending him to school without his regular teachers who are trained to identify the symptoms of his life-threatening condition.

Dina also works part time and is concerend about finding care for her son if a deal is not reached on Sunday.

The board has confirmed that if there is a lockout, parents will still use the Safe Arrival System to call in absences if they choose to keep their children at home.