Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding secondary labour action
Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the secondary labour action. This will be updated as new information becomes available.
Last updated: May 28, 2015
Is a strike happening in Peel District School Board secondary schools?
No. On May 26, 2015, the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled that local secondary teachers' strikes, directed by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), in Durham, Peel and Rainbow district school boards are in contravention of the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014. As a result of this ruling, secondary student s and teachers returned to schools on May 27.
OSSTF released a statement saying they will go back on strike on June 10. Is this true?
OSSTF did release an official statement that their members would continue their strike on June 10, however on May 28 the Ontario government passed legislation that prevents any strikes by secondary teachers in Peel, Durham and Rainbow district school boards until the end of this school year.
Will coursework be assigned as soon as we get back?
A one-week moratorium on collecting assignments or conducting assessments begins May 27. During this week, assignments will not be collected and assessments will not take place. Students who were working on independent study units (ISUs) prior to the beginning of the strike will have due dates extended into June.
What if a teacher assigns work or a test during the grace period?
Students should speak with their teacher and/or vice-principal about any assessments or due dates during the grace period.
Will students' midterm marks be used as final marks?
No. Final grades will be based on 100 per cent of term work, assignments, tests, etc. prior to the strike and from now until the end of the school year.
Will there be exams?
Instruction in Peel classrooms will continue to June 24 and exams will not take place in any courses this semester. Days originally designated as exam days (June 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23) will be converted into instructional days where teachers and students will continue their regular class schedules.
What is the deadline to submit a completed 40 hours Student Activity Record Form?
Please check with your school's Student Services department.
Impact on summer break
Could students' summer break be impacted?
The school year will be revised, not extended. Instruction in Peel classrooms will continue to the end of the day on June 24. Days originally designated as exam days (June 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23) will be converted into instructional days where teachers and students will continue their regular class schedules. June 24 will be a tutorial day when teachers will be available for students who require extra support.
Will summer school be cancelled?
We expect summer school to operate.
What will happen with secondary commencements?
Secondary commencements have been rescheduled to the fall of 2015. Information will be provided by the school.
What will happen to proms?
Proms will happen, as scheduled. For information about the prom, call your school.
Is EQAO happening?
We have been notified by the Education Quality & Accountability Office (EQAO) that grade 9 EQAO assessments will not proceed in Peel secondary schools this school year. At this time, we are waiting to hear from the Education Quality and Accountability Office to find out if the assessments will be rescheduled for the fall of 2015 or cancelled altogether. The Peel board will continue to monitor this and provide further updates, which we will then communicate to families.
Will students receive their yearbooks?
Schools are working on a distribution plan for yearbooks. Their distribution MAY be delayed to the fall. More info. to come.
Will refunds be issued for student activity/athletics fees?
We are monitoring and reviewing the situation, but it is too early to make a decision as we do not know the full impact of the strike. A decision will be made before the end of the school year and will be communicated to families.