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November 12, 2015
Important Update Regarding Negotiations and ETFO  

To All DDSB Elementary School Families

The Durham District School Board is pleased to let you know the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has reached tentative agreements with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association, which represents the province's public school boards. The tentative agreement requires ratification by ETFO's members by November 13, 2015.

As a result of the tentative agreements, ETFO has agreed to bring province-wide job actions to a close while these agreements are finalized over the next month. Also, student progress reports will be issued slightly later than scheduled and will be distributed by December 11, 2015. Parent interviews, scheduled for November 20, 2015, will not take place. Teachers will initiate interviews should they have a concern about your child's progress.  Once you have received your child's progress report, please contact your child's teacher directly should you have any questions. 

As a reminder to families, Kindergarten students do not receive fall progress reports. ​As always, we encourage you to contact your child's teacher ​any time you have questions or concerns about your child's progress. Teachers are committed to ongoing communication with parents regarding student progress.

Locally, negotiations between the Durham District School Board and ETFO are continuing and we are hopeful that an agreement can be reached with no interruption to the school year.  The DDSB will continue to keep families informed as our talks continue.

The DDSB remains committed to reaching fair and equitable agreements with all employee groups. We thank families for their patience and understanding as we continue negotiations and the finalization of agreements.​

Michael Barrett
Chair, Durha​m District School Board
​Martyn Beckett
Director of Education

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​Letters t​​o DDSB fami​​lies

​​November 2 —Upd​ate #11
October 15 —​Upda​te #10
​​Sept 30— U​​pdate #9
​Se​pt 18 — Upda​​te #8
Se​pt 16 —​ Update #7
Jun​e 17 — Up​da​te #6
 ​Jun​e 1 — Update #5
 ​May 8 — Update #4 - Letter
May 7 — Letter Home to Families
       - May 8
 May 5 — Update #2
May 4 — Notice to families of potential job action by elementary teachers


OPSBA Press Release - May 8
Get Back to the Table
If you have questions, or want to know what is happening in DDSB schools related to negotiations:
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