UPDATE - Teachers' Strikes week of March 2nd
More teacher strikes on tap this week, impacting students in Simcoe County and Muskoka the week of March 2, 2020
A mediator called the OSSTF and the province back to the table over the weekend for preliminary talks to see if bargaining might resume on Monday - no word if any progress is being made.
The OSSTF has issued a strike notice for Thursday, March 5th impacting high schools and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir and Conseil scolaire Viamonde schools (french language catholic and public schools) in the following boards:
• Rainy River District School Board
• Near North District School Board
• Grand Erie District School Board
• Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
• Toronto District School Board
• Simcoe County District School Board
• Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
• Trillium Lakelands District School Board
• Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
Should a tentative agreement not be reached, all SCDSB and TLDSB secondary schools and adult learning centres will be closed to students on March 5, as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure student safety. As a result, transportation for secondary school students will be cancelled on March 5. All secondary out-of-school activities will also be cancelled on March 5.
All SCDSB and TLDSB elementary schools will remain open to students on March 5. All Grade 7 and 8 students at Elmvale District High School and Stayner Collegiate Institute will report to school for classes as usual. Buses will run as per their regular schedule for all elementary school students.
The French language teachers association (AEFO) and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) have provided notice of a full one day strike action, also for Thursday, March 5th, impacting all French language schools, and the English and French language Catholic schools in the province.
This is the second week of a two week break in strike announced by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) but they have also warned they will be moving into the next phase of job action should there be little progress in talks by March 6th.
For updates from Simcoe and Muskoka school boards:
Simcoe Country District School Board. Find SCDSB Labour Updates here.
Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board. Find SMCDSB Labour Updates here.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Find TLDSB Labour Updates here.
Meanwhile the province is offering parents funding from $25 to $60 a day to help cover the additional childcare costs. Most of the money will go to parents of pre-schoolers who attend daycare centres that are impacted by strikes, with less for parents of students in Grades one through seven. No compensation is being offered to parents of Grade 8 or high school students.
More details about this financial support can be found by visiting the Ontario government website here or by calling the Support for Parents Helpline at 1-888-444-3770.
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