A few disruptions to the school day are expected across the region during the week of February 3rd, with two teachers unions taking three days of job action.
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) is holding a one day strike during the week, while the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has two days of action.
Here’s how the job action will affect things:
OECTA has announced it is withdrawing for services on Tuesday, February 4th. This will affect all schools with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, both at the elementary and secondary school level. As a result, the City of Barrie is offering a day camp for affected children at the Holly Rec Centre. The Town of Gravenhurst is also offering day camps for children and parents affected by strike action. The Zehrs at the corner of Yonge and Big Bay Point Road is offering cooking classes for kids on the affected days, while parents must register in person at the courtesy desk.
The ETFO will hold a one-day strike on Wednesday, February 5th, affecting select school boards. The Simcoe County District School Board is among the boards affected, and as such, all public elementary schools within Simcoe County will be affected. The City of Barrie has made the Holly Rec Centre available again, while the Lampman Lane Community Centre will also be used for day camp programming. Gravenhurst will also offer day camp options through the day. Zehrs cooking classes are also on today.
On Thursday, February 6th, the ETFO plans to hold a province-wide strike. This move also affects the Simcoe County District School Board’s public elementary schools, effectively giving students of these schools two days off. As with Wednesday, day camps are being offered by the City of Barrie at Holly and Lampan Lane Community Centres, while Gravenhurst’s programming will continue. Parents who wish for their children to attend cooking classes at Zehrs on Yonge St. must register in person.
Parents who are affected by teachers’ union job action are encouraged to sign up for reimbursement from the provincial government; eligible families could receive up to $60 for every day they’re affected by withdrawal of service, whether their child is in daycare or not. Find out if you’re eligible here.
More day camp options will be made available as they become available. If your organization is holding a day camp for affected students, let Barrie 360 know through our contact page.