HI everyone Here is a letter from our Director:
April 8, 2015 Dear Parents/Guardians of Secondary School Students:
I wanted to share some information with you regarding the possibility of labour disruption in our secondary schools. Effective April 19, 2015, our secondary school teachers and secondary school occasional teachers will be in a legal strike position. Strike action can take a number of forms, such as work to rule, partial withdrawal of service, rotating strikes, or full withdrawal of service. However, the union must provide 5 days’ notice prior to commencing any type of action. Our secondary teachers and occasional teachers are represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). In a statement on Saturday, March 14th, the president of OSSTF Ontario announced that OSSTF is considering a full withdrawal of services in 7 Ontario school districts, including the OCDSB, by the end of April 2015. At that time, our union was not in a legal strike position and the school district remained and continues to remain committed to negotiating fair local collective agreements. However, this week, the possibility of labour disruption became more imminent once we received formal notification that the union will be in a legal strike position on April 19, 2015. Based on this information, the OCDSB has begun the strike contingency planning process in the event of a full withdrawal of service. To date, there has been no impact on curriculum delivery or extracurricular activities offered at our schools. Regular secondary school operations are expected to continue as usual unless and until we receive formal notice from the union of a withdrawal of service. Should that happen, we will notify students and their families immediately. I understand that the potential for labour disruption creates anxiety for our students, parents and staff. I am very sorry to have to raise this possibility with you, but the district is committed to keeping parents and students informed. We are actively working on contingency plans so that we can answer the many questions that you will have. We have posted background information on the OCDSB website and will continue to add to that in the days ahead to ensure that you have as much information as possible. You can also follow the updates posted to the OCDSB’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you have questions, please feel free to contact your school principal or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In closing, I would like to reiterate that this situation affects secondary schools only; elementary schools, including students enrolled in elementary programs in 7-12 schools, are not affected at this time. Regular school operations will continue at secondary schools until further notice.
Yours sincerely, Jennifer Adams Director of Education/Secretary of the Board