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Public elementary schools to close Monday as rotating strikes continue

January 23, 2020   ·   0 Comments

Local public elementary schools are set to close in a one-day strike on Monday as rotating strikes across the Province continue.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario issued strike notice on Wednesday impacting schools in Simcoe, Waterloo, Keewatin-Patricia and Penetanguishene Protestant Separate school board.

Should ongoing labour disputes between the ETFO and the Province not be resolved by the end of the weekend, schools will be closed Monday, January 27 with classes expected to resume Tuesday.

“ETFO is very disappointed that Ford’s Education Minister Lecce has not come back to the bargaining table to negotiate key issues affecting students, student learning and educators,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond in Wednesday’s announcement. “It is now 34 days since ETFO’s last bargaining session on December 19, 2019.”

The Simcoe County District School Board said before-and-after-school programs in is facilities will also be impacted by the strike action.

Should a tentative agreement not be reached, all SCDSB elementary schools will be closed to students on Monday, Jan. 27, as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure student safety,” said the Board. “As a result, transportation for elementary school students will be cancelled on Monday, Jan. 27. 

“Before and after school programs in our buildings will not operate. Parents/guardians who have children in full-day child care in SCDSB schools should contact their provider directly. 

“Please note that all SCDSB secondary schools and adult learning centres will remain open to students on Monday, Jan. 27 and buses will run as per their regular schedule. All Grade 9-12 students at Elmvale District High School and Stayner Collegiate Institute will still report to school for classes as usual.”

By Brock Weir


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