All Bluewater schools will close today

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Thousands of teacher across the province are off the job today after talks failed to reach an agreement ahead of a planned one day walk out by members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation. 

It means about a thousand local members of the OSSTF will be picketing outside seven of nine Bluewater District School Board's secondary schools.  

Local Union President Betty Jo Raddin tells Dock News the Doug Ford government's changes to the education system will hurt students in the long run so she's hoping today's short term pain for parents will turn into long term gain for public education. 

Because OSSTF not only represents high school teachers but educational workers within the elementary system as well, the Bluewater board is closing all of its schools today and cancelling all of the buses that run to its schools. 

Catholic schools will be open as usual with buses running as normal.  

Here is the release issued by the Bluewater board at 11pm Tuesday night ~ 

In the absence of a collective agreement being reached between the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (OSSTF) and the provincial government, it is anticipated that OSSTF will be proceeding with their planned province wide one-day full withdrawal of services as previously communicated.  

As a result, ALL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS in Bluewater District School Board will be CLOSED to students on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Elementary extracurricular activities/events and field trips that had been planned for Wednesday will be rescheduled if possible.  

School based co-op placements will be cancelled.  

There will be no bus transportation for Bluewater District School Board students.  

Before and after/extended day school programs will be cancelled.  

However, please note that third party child care centres will remain open, and Community Education evening programs will continue to run.

All elementary and secondary schools in Bluewater District School Board will reopen to students on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

In Bluewater District School Board, OSSTF members include secondary teachers and education workers (educational assistants, early childhood educators, office professionals and technicians, and professional student services personnel).



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