Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board Suspending Classes If CUPE Strikes

Public Board Still Planning on Having Schools Open

The local Catholic School Board has made the decision to suspend classes should there be a CUPE strike by Monday.

“After careful consideration of the health and safety impacts of the custodial strike, the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board has made the difficult decision to close schools for students effective Monday, October 7th, should an agreement not be reached over the weekend.” reads a statement from the SMCDSB. “This would also include the cancellation of before and after care at any of our school locations. Ensuring the health and safety of students was the primary factor in making this decision.”

This move mirrors that of other school boards across the province, citing health and safety concerns for reasons behind closing schools on Monday. CUPE and the province were expected to continue negotiations late Friday afternoon. Updates from the Catholic School Board will be posted on its website.

The Simcoe County District School Board will continue to monitor events, but state that all public schools will remain open on Monday.