The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced that their members will be engaged in a one-day strike in two public school boards on Jan. 31, 2020, unless progress is made at the central bargaining table. The Peel District School Board is one of the affected boards.
Peel board elementary teachers play an important role in keeping schools running smoothly and safely. Because student safety is a top priority and it cannot be ensured during an ETFO strike, the Peel board has determined that if the one-day strike takes place, all elementary schools will be closed to kindergarten to grade 8 students on Jan. 31, 2020. You do not need to report your child’s absence. This will be done for you.
Please note the following for Jan. 31:
- Full-day child care programs (i.e. infant, toddler and preschool programs) will run.
- Before- and after-school programs are not operated by the Peel board. On Jan. 31, 2020, some providers will run full-day programs for students who are currently enrolled in before- and after-school programs, as they would on PA Days. However, some providers will not be able to run programs. Please check with your child care provider directly.
- EarlyOn programs hosted in elementary schools will not be open.
- Evening permits will continue as usual in both elementary and secondary schools.
We appreciate that this labour situation is frustrating for families, students and staff. The Peel board continues to monitor provincial bargaining and will provide updates to you as they become available.
As changes in strike action can happen at any time, it is important that you stay connected and look for updates. To find out the impact on schools:
- Visit the Peel board website at www.peelschools.org/labour.
- Follow the Peel board on social media—follow @PeelSchools on Twitter and/or like our page on Facebook.
- Subscribe to your school's website—look for the "Sign up for school news" button on the home page.
- Watch for updates on local news outlets—television, radio, newspaper.
We all want Peel board schools and work sites to continue to be places that value the efforts of all who contribute to student success and well-being. We remain hopeful that an agreement will be reached soon. In the interim, we will work to ensure that students have as positive a year as possible. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding.