February 5, 2020

Peel board elementary schools closed Feb. 6, 11 and 13 due to one-day ETFO strikes

This is an important labour update for families with elementary (K-8) students only. For labour updates impacting secondary schools, visit www.peelschools.org/labour.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced further one-day strikes for next week that will impact Peel District School Board elementary schools. In addition to the one-day strike on Feb. 6, 2020, ETFO members will also be engaged in strike action on Feb. 11 and 13, 2020.

As a result, all Peel board elementary schools will be closed to kindergarten to grade 8 students on Feb. 6, Feb. 11 and Feb. 13, unless an agreement is reached. Elementary and secondary schools will also be closed to students on Feb. 7, 2020, for a Ministry-approved Professional Learning (PL) day. You do not need to report your child's absences on these dates. This will be done for you.

During these one-day ETFO strikes:

  • 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. 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/Child & Family Learning Centres (CFLC) programs hosted in elementary schools will not be open.
  • Evening permits will continue as usual in both elementary and secondary schools.

If an agreement is reached, we will communicate with families. As changes in strike action can happen at any time, it is important that you stay connected:

  • Visit the Peel board website at http://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 "Sign up for school news" on the home page.
  • Watch for updates on local news outlets—television, radio, newspaper.

We ask for your ongoing patience and understanding during this legal job action. Staff remain committed to the success and well-being of your child(ren). Like you, we hope for a swift resolution to the education challenges we are currently facing in Ontario.​

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