School days and strike days this week in Simcoe County, Muskoka

Job action by teachers' unions ramps up as contract talks with Ford government hit the wall

In a normal year, school days are Monday to Friday, save for holidays, professional development days and snow days.

But with labour unrest between teachers’ unions and the Progressive Conservative government at Queen’s Park, parents and students need a scorecard to keep track of what days schools are going to be open and when they are going to be closed.

All four major teachers’ unions are now taking part in some form of job action.

Rotating strikes by the Elementary Teachers’ Association of Ontario (ETFA) began Monday (January 20) in York Region, Toronto and Ottawa.

On Tuesday, January 21, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation will hold a one-day strike if there is no tentative contract deal. This will impact a number of school boards across the province. The Ontario Elementary Teachers Federation will also hold a one-day walkout next week.

One day strike impact in Simcoe County, Muskoka:

OECTA-TUESDAY, JANUARY 21

  • Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (all elementary and secondary schools CLOSED)

OSSTF-TUESDAY, JANUARY 21

  • Simcoe County District School Board (all high schools and adult learning centres CLOSED); Gr. 7/8 students at Elmvale District High School & Stayner Collegiate Institute report to school
  • Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (EAs, DECEs, office, clerical and maintenance staff-all elementary and secondary schools CLOSED)
  • Trillium Lakelands District School Board (high schools in Muskoka, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton)
  • French language elementary and secondary schools in Simcoe County

ETFO-TUESDAY, JANUARY 21

  • Trillium Lakelands District School Board(all public elementary schools in Muskoka, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton CLOSED)

The Ford government has announced that parents whose children would be affected by the strikes can apply for a $60 a day rebate, per child. https://www.iaccess.gov.on.ca/ParentAppWeb/parentapp/index.xhtml

The head of ETFO accused the government of trying to bribe parents.

The City of Barrie is offering a day camp at Holly Recreation Centre and parents can register their kids at https://www.barrie.ca/Pages/default.aspx

ETFO, OSSTF, OECTA and French-language teachers are also engaged in work-to-rule campaigns.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has insisted the stumbling block in the contract talks is the issue of compensation.