Windsor-Essex Gearing up for Possible School Closures Monday


If schools are closed Monday morning the town of LaSalle is ready.

According to a release, if catholic elementary schools close, the Vollmer Complex will be operating a Day Camp Program for children between four and 12 years of age.

Those children can be dropped off as early as 7:30am and picked up as late as 5:30pm, but pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Parents can begin registering their child now and will receive a full refund if schools remain open and the service isn't needed.

According to the release, parents can register through the town's website or in person at the Vollmer Complex's front desk.

The office is open Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Officials say it will cost $35 per day for the camp.

As some schools in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent will also be closed if a deal can't be reached with education support workers there are some options available.

The possibility of a strike by members could leave tens of thousands of students who attend Catholic and French Catholic schools in Windsor-Essex with no classes to go to on Monday.

There are about 20,000 students in the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board and 10,200 in the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence — both boards have about 1,265 employees represented by CUPE.

The Windsor-Essex public boards however say all of their schools will remain open.

There are 37,000 students in the Greater Essex County District School Board and 500 students with the Conseil scolaire Viamonde.

The boards have more than 500 employees who are represented by CUPE.

Some businesses and municipalities are stepping up to offer parents options for child care if the schools close.

Parents are encouraged to call 211 in the event there is a closure to see what options are available.