There are no plans to suspend classes at schools under the Simcoe County District School Board, despite other boards across the province planning to do so if support workers carry through with threatened strike action.
“At this time, SCDSB schools remain open.” reads a statement from the public school board. “We are hopeful that a provincial contract can be negotiated. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates whenever possible.” The board added it would review the potential impact of a strike, and would communicate directly with parents should the plan change, as well as serving notice through its website by 6:00 Monday morning.
CUPE has announced their intent to proceed with a provincial strike on Mon. Oct. 7. At this time, SCDSB schools will remain open.— Simcoe County DSB (@SCDSB_Schools) October 3, 2019
We will communicate directly with families and post on our website by 6 a.m. if a decision is made to close SCDSB schools. https://t.co/RO7s4BYOpB pic.twitter.com/kZZTU6AcFl
While the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board has not yet made a decision on what action it will take, parents are being encouraged to make alternate plans for their kids.
As negotiations between CUPE and the province continue, many school boards with more than 400,000 students have stated they will close the doors to their schools on Monday, should CUPE workers go on strike. That includes York Region, Peel, Dufferin-Peel Catholic, and Ottawa Catholic. In Simcoe County, CUPE represents maintenance and custodial workers.
CUPE says it will go on strike on Monday, October 7th if contract talks this weekend fail.