A one-day strike by elementary teachers Monday, January 27 will affect Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) elementary schools, as well as the Penetanguishene Protestant Separate School Board.
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has given the required five days’ notice that its members in Simcoe County will withdraw their services as the union and province remain far apart in negotiations.
As a result, all SCDSB elementary schools will be closed to students on Monday.
All SCDSB secondary schools and adult learning centres will remain open to students. All Grade 9-12 students who attend Elmvale District High School and Stayner Collegiate Institute should report to school as usual.
In addition, before and after school programs in our buildings will not operate Monday. Parents/guardians who have children in full-day child care in SCDSB schools are encouraged to contact their provider directly
“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. “I am concerned at the amount of disinformation that Minister Lecce is saying to the public through the media and social media. Either he is misinformed about what has taken place during contract talks or he is purposefully sharing inaccurate information to cover up the continuing cuts he wants to make to public education.”
Hammond went on to say it has been 34 days since the ETFO’s last bargaining session with the province.