Labour Action: Update

Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) — Labour Action: Updates

March 3, 2020 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  DDSB Elementary AND Secondary Schools OPEN - March 2 - 6, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please be advised that the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) or the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has not served the Durham District School Board (DDSB) notice of a full withdrawal of services for this week.  As such, all DDSB elementary AND secondary schools remain open for the week of March 2-6, 2020.  If ETFO or OSSTF were to serve notice of any increased job action, including a full withdrawal of services, we will update parents, guardians and community members accordingly.

We certainly understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process.

 

Sincerely,

 

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at: Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

 

February 26, 2020 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  REMINDER:  1-Day Strike on February 28, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is a reminder that OSSTF has announced that DDSB staff members represented by OSSTF will participate in a one-day, full withdrawal of services on Friday, February 28, 2020 unless notified otherwise.

As a district, we remain committed to the care of our students and our dedication to their well-being, safety and success remains unchanged. We have determined that if no agreement has been reached and there is a full withdrawal of service, the following will take place on Friday, February 28, 2020:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB secondary schools including Durham Alternative Secondary School (DASS), Grove Secondary School, and night school classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Day credit Continuing Education classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Youth Hubs at all six secondary schools (Ajax HS, Brock HS, Eastdale CVI, GL Roberts CVI, Henry Street HS, and RS McLaughlin CVI)

OPEN: All DDSB elementary schools

OPEN: All Licensed child care locations – including the two operating at Sinclair SS and RS McLaughlin CVI

OPEN: All Before- and After-School Programs

OPEN: All EarlyON Child and Family Centres

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

All DDSB secondary schools and programs that will close on February 28 will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on March 2, and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services.

We remain committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process.

Sincerely, 

 

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education 

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:  Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Please contact your Principal or Vice-Principal with specific concerns that are unique to your family.
February 21, 2020 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  1-Day Strike on February 28, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to provide an update on the status of the provincial labour situation.

OSSTF announced that DDSB staff members represented by OSSTF will participate in a one-day, full withdrawal of services on Friday, February 28, 2020 unless notified otherwise.

As a district, we remain committed to the care of our students and our dedication to their well-being, safety and success remains unchanged. We have determined that if no agreement has been reached and there is a full withdrawal of service, the following will take place on Friday, February 28, 2020:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB secondary schools including Durham Alternative Secondary School (DASS), Grove Secondary School, and night school classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Day credit Continuing Education classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Youth Hubs at all six secondary schools (Ajax HS, Brock HS, Eastdale CVI, GL Roberts CVI, Henry Street HS, and RS McLaughlin CVI)

OPEN: All DDSB elementary schools

OPEN: All Licensed child care locations – including the two operating at Sinclair SS and RS McLaughlin CVI

OPEN: All Before- and After-School Programs

OPEN: All EarlyON Child and Family Centres

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

All DDSB secondary schools and programs that will close on February 28 will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on March 2, and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services.

We remain committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process.

Sincerely,

 

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education 

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at: Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Please contact your Principal or Vice-Principal with specific concerns that are unique to your family.

February 19, 2020 — REMINDER Letter to Parents/Guardians:  Possible Upcoming 1-Day Strike on February 21, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is a reminder regarding the province-wide one-day strike which is scheduled to affect all DDSB elementary AND secondary schools on the same day, Friday, February 21, 2020.  Permanent and occasional elementary teachers as well as Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) who are represented by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) AS WELL AS permanent and occasional secondary teachers and professional student services personnel who are represented by Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) will be participating in this province-wide one-day, full withdrawal of services unless notified otherwise.  

We understand the additional challenge this can pose for families, but for the reasons previously mentioned, we are not able to safely supervise students without our staff.  It has therefore been determined that if the scheduled full withdrawal of service occurs, the following will take place on Friday, February 21, 2020:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB elementary schools AND secondary schools including Durham Alternative Secondary School (DASS), Grove Secondary School, and night school classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Day credit Continuing Education classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Youth Hubs at all six secondary schools (Ajax HS, Brock HS, Eastdale CVI, GL Roberts CVI, Henry Street HS, and RS McLaughlin CVI)

REGARDING CHILD CARE CENTRES:

  • Full Child Care Centres that provide a full day service for infants, toddlers and preschool children in our schools, will remain open and provide service for their regular hours.  
  • Before and After programs will be operating on a full day schedule. Child Care Centres will communicate with families on where sites are closed or merged with other locations.
  • All EarlyON programs in schools will remain open for children and families.
  • All after-school recreation programs will be closed.
  • All Early Years Great Beginnings Start at the DDSB programs will be closed.

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

Unless notified otherwise, all DDSB elementary schools, secondary schools and programs that will close on this day will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on Monday, February 24, 2020 and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services and of volunteer activities.

We remain committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most

recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education 

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:

Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Please contact your Principal or Vice-Principal with specific concerns that are unique to your family.
February 12, 2020 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  Possible Upcoming 1-Day Strike on February 21, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to provide updated information on the status of the provincial labour situation.

This is specifically regarding a province-wide one-day strike which is scheduled to affect all DDSB elementary AND secondary schools on the same day, Friday, February 21, 2020.

Permanent and occasional elementary teachers as well as Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) who are represented by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) AS WELL AS permanent and occasional secondary teachers and professional student services personnel who are represented by Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) will be participating in this province-wide one-day, full withdrawal of services unless notified otherwise.  

We understand the additional challenge this can pose for families, but for the reasons previously mentioned, we are not able to safely supervise students without our staff.  It has therefore been determined that if the scheduled full withdrawal of service occurs, the following will take place on Friday, February 21, 2020:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB elementary schools AND secondary schools including Durham Alternative Secondary School (DASS), Grove Secondary School, and night school classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Day credit Continuing Education classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Youth Hubs at all six secondary schools (Ajax HS, Brock HS, Eastdale CVI, GL Roberts CVI, Henry Street HS, and RS McLaughlin CVI)

REGARDING CHILD CARE CENTRES:

  • Full Child Care Centres that provide a full day service for infants, toddlers and preschool children in our schools, will remain open and provide service for their regular hours.  
  • Before and After programs will be operating on a full day schedule.  Child Care Centres will communicate with families on where sites are closed or merged with other locations.
  • All EarlyON programs in schools will remain open for children and families.
  • All after-school recreation programs will be closed.
  • All Early Years Great Beginnings Start at the DDSB programs will be closed.

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

Unless notified otherwise, all DDSB elementary schools, secondary schools and programs that will close on this day will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on Monday, February 24, 2020 and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services and of volunteer activities.

We recognize the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff in relation to provincial negotiations and their impact on us locally. We remain committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education 

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:  Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Please contact your Principal or Vice-Principal with specific concerns that are unique to your family.

January 10, 2020 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  Possible Upcoming 1-Day Strike by OSSTF Teachers

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We would like to provide an update on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to permanent and occasional secondary teachers as well as professional student services personnel who are represented by Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF).

OSSTF announced that, as part of their latest in a series of rotating strikes, DDSB teachers and education workers will participate in a one-day, full withdrawal of services on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 unless notified otherwise.

As a Board, we remain committed to the care of our students and our dedication to their well-being, safety and success remains unchanged. After thoughtful consideration it has been determined that if no agreement has been reached and there is a full withdrawal of service, the following will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2020:

 

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB secondary schools including Durham Alternative Secondary School (DASS), Grove Secondary School, and night school classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Day credit Continuing Education classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Youth Hubs at all six secondary schools (Ajax HS, Brock HS, Eastdale CVI, GL Roberts CVI, Henry Street HS, and RS McLaughlin CVI)

OPEN: All DDSB elementary schools

OPEN: All Licensed child care locations – including the two operating at Sinclair SS and RS McLaughlin CVI

OPEN: All Before- and After-School Programs

OPEN: All EarlyON Child and Family Centres

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

All DDSB secondary schools and programs that will close on January 15 will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on January 16, and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services.

We certainly understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the SchoolMessenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon. 

Sincerely,

Lisa Millar

Director of Education

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:

Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

January 10, 2020 — Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Assessment of Grade 9 Mathematics WILL NOT be administered in January 2020 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This letter is to update parents and guardians regarding the teacher job action as it relates to EQAO.     At the end of each semester, students enrolled in Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics courses participate in a provincial assessment of their math knowledge and skills. These EQAO assessments, similar to those taken in Grades 3 and 6, are administered consistently across the province by Ontario educators, including the students’ classroom teacher.   This school year members of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) are involved in a province-wide job action.  Federation members have begun their job action with a limited withdrawal of services including their participation in administering EQAO testing.   As a result, schools will not be able to administer the Grade 9 EQAO Mathematics Assessment without the supervision of teachers.

Teachers continue to focus on their instruction of the curriculum expectations. Usually part of the final grade in the course was based on teachers selecting and grading questions from the EQAO assessment.  This year, because the test is not being administered, the final grade will only be comprised of teacher-created exams and assignments.

In a statement issued on January 8, the Minister of Education said that students who do not take the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment in January will take the test in June. The board will await further direction from the Ministry as working through the logistics will pose significant challenges to both school staff and Grade 9 students who are not studying math in semester 2. Students final grades from semester 1 would not be impacted should they participate in June as they will have finished the mathematics course 5 months prior to the administration of the assessment.

As always, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to connect with administration at your child’s school.

Sincerely, 

Lisa Millar
Director of Education
Durham District School Board

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:
Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

December 4, 2019 — One-Day Strike

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At this time there has been no agreement reached between the province and OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation). As a result, Durham District School Board (DDSB) secondary schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 due to a ONE DAY strike by OSSTF members.

Please note, this is a ONE DAY strike, and all DDSB secondary schools will re-open for a regular school day on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Also, DDSB elementary schools remain unaffected and will REMAIN OPEN.

We share your concern with this development.

It is highly unusual for the DDSB to close schools to our students. This has been, and continues to be, an exceptional and rapidly changing situation, but student and staff safety is always our first priority. The decision to close schools has not been taken lightly, and has been made because we do not believe we can provide the necessary safe and secure learning environments for all students during a full withdrawal of services by OSSTF members.

We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. The most recent information and updates will continue to be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or by following us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. Additional updates may also continue to be provided via School Messenger.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing process. Once again, we assure you that all decisions that we have undertaken have been made with your child’s safety as our number one priority.

Sincerely,

 

Lisa Millar
Director of Education
Durham District School Board

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:
Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Friday, November 29, 2019 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  Possible Upcoming 1-Day Strike by OSSTF Teachers

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to provide an update on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to permanent and occasional secondary teachers as well as professional student services personnel who are represented by Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF).

OSSTF announced that all of their teachers and education workers will participate in a one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 if a new collective agreement is not reached at the provincial level before then.

As a Board, we remain committed to the care of our students and our dedication to their well-being, safety and success remains unchanged. After thoughtful consideration it has been determined that if no agreement has been reached and there is a full withdrawal of service, the following will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB secondary schools including Durham Alternative Secondary School (DASS), Grove Secondary School, and night school classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Day credit Continuing Education classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Youth Hubs at all six secondary schools (Ajax HS, Brock HS, Eastdale CVI, GL Roberts CVI, Henry Street HS, and RS McLaughlin CVI)

OPEN: All DDSB elementary schools

OPEN: All Licensed child care locations – including the two operating at Sinclair SS and RS McLaughlin CVI

OPEN: All Before- and After-School Programs

OPEN: All EarlyON Child and Family Centres

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations 

All DDSB secondary schools and programs that will close on December 4 will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on December 5, and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services.

We certainly understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the SchoolMessenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lisa Millar
Director of Education
Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:
Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Friday, November 22, 2019 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  Regarding Upcoming OSSTF Job Action

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Currently, there are ongoing labour negotiations with education unions across Ontario.  Given recent developments surrounding the status of the provincial labour situation, we would like to provide an update, specifically with respect to secondary teachers and professional student services personnel who are represented by Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF).

As part of this process, as you may have seen in recent media reports, the union has indicated that they will be undertaking strike action, initially in the form of “Work-To-Rule” by OSSTF members beginning on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

“Work-To-Rule” actions means partial withdrawal of services. This is OSSTF’s legal right under the School Boards’ Collective Bargaining Act and the Labour Relations Act. We respect their rights and the process.

As part of these job actions, OSSTF members will engage in information pickets before school, after school and/or during lunch periods for five working days from Wednesday, November 27, 2019 to Tuesday, December 3, 2019 only.  During these information pickets, cars will not be impeded from entering or exiting school or Board property.  OSSTF members will hand out information pamphlets to passersby and hold up informational signs. 

In addition to the information pickets, OSSTF members will begin a limited withdrawal of services effective Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Among other actions, Work-To Rule activities will include:

  • Not participating in EQAO Grade 9 Mathematics preparation or testing
  • Not participating in Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test preparation or testing (March 31, 2020)
  • Not participating in School Board professional activities that are based on Ministry of Education or School Board initiatives
  • Not providing comments on any secondary provincial report cards, but marks will continue to be provided
  • Other administrative duties 

VERY IMPORTANT:

School activities such as field trips, sports and extracurricular activities are expected to continue.

We appreciate that parents/guardians may have concerns about any labour disruptions at school and how they may affect their children. We believe normal school operations for students can and will continue, and that at this time, other than the information pickets, tangible evidence of the job action at the school level will not be apparent to students, parents and guardians.  As a Board, we remain committed to the care of our students and our dedication to their well-being, safety and success remains unchanged. 

We have full confidence in the professionalism of our staff throughout the negotiation process, and we value their work with students. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon. Most importantly, staff will continue their dedicated focus on supporting the learning needs of students. As always, parents/guardians can contact their child’s teacher to ask any questions they may have regarding their child’s education.

We certainly understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

 

Sincerely,

Lisa Millar
Director of Education
Durham District School Board 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at: Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) — Labour Action 

 
March 3, 2020 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  DDSB Elementary AND Secondary Schools OPEN - March 2 - 6, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please be advised that the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) or the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has not served the Durham District School Board (DDSB) notice of a full withdrawal of services for this week.  As such, all DDSB elementary AND secondary schools remain open for the week of March 2-6, 2020.  If ETFO or OSSTF were to serve notice of any increased job action, including a full withdrawal of services, we will update parents, guardians and community members accordingly.

We certainly understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process.

 

Sincerely,

 

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at: Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

February 19, 2020 — REMINDER Letter to Parents/Guardians:  Possible Upcoming 1-Day Strike on February 21, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is a reminder regarding the province-wide one-day strike which is scheduled to affect all DDSB elementary AND secondary schools on the same day, Friday, February 21, 2020.  Permanent and occasional elementary teachers as well as Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) who are represented by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) AS WELL AS permanent and occasional secondary teachers and professional student services personnel who are represented by Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) will be participating in this province-wide one-day, full withdrawal of services unless notified otherwise.  

We understand the additional challenge this can pose for families, but for the reasons previously mentioned, we are not able to safely supervise students without our staff.  It has therefore been determined that if the scheduled full withdrawal of service occurs, the following will take place on Friday, February 21, 2020:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB elementary schools AND secondary schools including Durham Alternative Secondary School (DASS), Grove Secondary School, and night school classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Day credit Continuing Education classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Youth Hubs at all six secondary schools (Ajax HS, Brock HS, Eastdale CVI, GL Roberts CVI, Henry Street HS, and RS McLaughlin CVI)

REGARDING CHILD CARE CENTRES:

  • Full Child Care Centres that provide a full day service for infants, toddlers and preschool children in our schools, will remain open and provide service for their regular hours.  
  • Before and After programs will be operating on a full day schedule. Child Care Centres will communicate with families on where sites are closed or merged with other locations.
  • All EarlyON programs in schools will remain open for children and families.
  • All after-school recreation programs will be closed.
  • All Early Years Great Beginnings Start at the DDSB programs will be closed.

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

Unless notified otherwise, all DDSB elementary schools, secondary schools and programs that will close on this day will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on Monday, February 24, 2020 and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services and of volunteer activities.

We remain committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most

recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education 

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:

Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Please contact your Principal or Vice-Principal with specific concerns that are unique to your family.
February 12, 2020 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  Possible Upcoming 1-Day Strike on February 21, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to provide updated information on the status of the provincial labour situation.

This is specifically regarding a province-wide one-day strike which is scheduled to affect all DDSB elementary AND secondary schools on the same day, Friday, February 21, 2020.

Permanent and occasional elementary teachers as well as Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) who are represented by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) AS WELL AS permanent and occasional secondary teachers and professional student services personnel who are represented by Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) will be participating in this province-wide one-day, full withdrawal of services unless notified otherwise.  

We understand the additional challenge this can pose for families, but for the reasons previously mentioned, we are not able to safely supervise students without our staff.  It has therefore been determined that if the scheduled full withdrawal of service occurs, the following will take place on Friday, February 21, 2020:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB elementary schools AND secondary schools including Durham Alternative Secondary School (DASS), Grove Secondary School, and night school classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Day credit Continuing Education classes

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: Youth Hubs at all six secondary schools (Ajax HS, Brock HS, Eastdale CVI, GL Roberts CVI, Henry Street HS, and RS McLaughlin CVI)

REGARDING CHILD CARE CENTRES:

  • Full Child Care Centres that provide a full day service for infants, toddlers and preschool children in our schools, will remain open and provide service for their regular hours.  
  • Before and After programs will be operating on a full day schedule.  Child Care Centres will communicate with families on where sites are closed or merged with other locations.
  • All EarlyON programs in schools will remain open for children and families.
  • All after-school recreation programs will be closed.
  • All Early Years Great Beginnings Start at the DDSB programs will be closed.

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

Unless notified otherwise, all DDSB elementary schools, secondary schools and programs that will close on this day will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on Monday, February 24, 2020 and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services and of volunteer activities.

We recognize the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff in relation to provincial negotiations and their impact on us locally. We remain committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education 

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:  Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Please contact your Principal or Vice-Principal with specific concerns that are unique to your family.
Friday, February 7, 2020 - Letter to Elementary Parents/Guardians:  Reminder - Possible Dates for 1-Day Strikes -February 10 & 11

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is a reminder that, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has confirmed that, as part of their latest in a series of rotating strikes, DDSB elementary teachers and Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) will participate in two additional one-day, full withdrawal of services on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11, 2020 unless notified otherwise.  

We understand that this is not ideal for families, but for the reasons previously mentioned, we are not able to safely supervise students without our staff.  It has therefore been determined that if there is a full withdrawal of service the following will take place on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11, 2020:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB elementary schools

OPEN: All DDSB secondary schools

REGARDING CHILD CARE CENTRES:

  • Full Child Care Centres that provide a full day service for infants, toddlers and preschool children in our schools, will remain open and provide service for their regular hours.  
  • Before and After programs will be operating on a full day schedule.  Child Care Centres will communicate with families on where sites are closed or merged with other locations.
  • All EarlyON programs in schools will remain open for children and families.
  • All after-school recreation programs will be closed.
  • All Early Years Great Beginnings Start at the DDSB programs will be closed.

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

Unless notified otherwise, all DDSB elementary schools and programs that will close on these days will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

PLEASE NOTE: Friday, February 14, 2020 is a PA Day for secondary students only. It is currently scheduled as a regular school day for elementary schools. 

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services and withdrawal of volunteer activities.

We remain committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding and we remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education 

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at: Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Please contact your Principal or Vice-Principal with specific concerns that are unique to your family.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - Letter to Elementary Parents/Guardians:  Possible Dates for 1-Day Strikes & Status of Extra-curricular Activities

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to provide additional information on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to permanent and occasional elementary teachers as well as Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) who are represented by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

In addition to the province-wide one-day, full withdrawal of services on Thursday, February 6, 2020, ETFO has confirmed that, as part of their latest in a series of rotating strikes, DDSB elementary teachers and DECE’s will participate in two additional one-day strikes next week on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Durham unless notified otherwise.  

We understand the additional challenge this can pose for families, but for the reasons previously mentioned, we are not able to safely supervise students without our staff.  It has therefore been determined that if there is a full withdrawal of service the following will take place on Thursday, February 6, Monday, February 10, and Tuesday, February 11, 2020:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB elementary schools

OPEN: All DDSB secondary schools

REGARDING CHILD CARE CENTRES:

  • Full Child Care Centres that provide a full day service for infants, toddlers and preschool children in our schools, will remain open and provide service for their regular hours.  
  • Before and After programs will be operating on a full day schedule.  Child Care Centres will communicate with families on where sites are closed or merged with other locations.
  • All EarlyON programs in schools will remain open for children and families.
  • All after-school recreation programs will be closed.
  • All Early Years Great Beginnings Start at the DDSB programs will be closed.

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

Unless notified otherwise, all DDSB elementary schools and programs that will close on these days will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on Friday, February 7, 2020 and next week on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services and of volunteer activities.

We recognize the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff in relation to provincial negotiations and their impact on us locally. We remain committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education 

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at: Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Please contact your Principal or Vice-Principal with specific concerns that are unique to your family.
Monday, February 3, 2020 - Letter to Elementary Parents/Guardians:  Reminder; Possible Upcoming Dates for 1-Day Strikes & Status of Extra-curricular Activities

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to provide a reminder on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to permanent and occasional elementary teachers as well as Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) who are represented by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

ETFO has confirmed that, as part of their latest in a series of rotating strikes, DDSB elementary teachers and DECE’s will participate in additional one-day, full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6, 2020 unless notified otherwise.  

We recognize the complexity for families during these days but for the reasons already articulated, we are not able to safely supervise students without our staff.  It has therefore been determined that if there is a full withdrawal of service the following will take place on Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6, 2020:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB elementary schools

OPEN: All DDSB secondary schools

REGARDING CHILD CARE CENTRES:

  • Full Child Care Centres that provide a full day service for infants, toddlers and preschool children in our schools, will remain open and provide service for their regular hours.  
  • Before and After programs will be operating on a full day schedule.  Child Care Centres will communicate with families on where sites are closed or merged with other locations.
  • All EarlyON programs in schools will remain open for children and families.
  • All after-school recreation programs will be closed.
  • All Early Years Great Beginnings Start at the DDSB programs will be closed.

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

Unless notified otherwise, all DDSB elementary schools and programs that will close on these days will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on the following day, and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

In addition, effective as of February 3, 2020, ETFO has announced that all extra-curricular activities will cease.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services and withdrawal of volunteer activities.

We recognize the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff in relation to provincial negotiations and their impact on us locally. We remain committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

 

Sincerely,

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education 

Durham District School Board

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at: Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Please contact your Principal or Vice-Principal with specific concerns that are unique to your family.

Monday, January 27, 2020 - Letter to Elementary Parents/Guardians: Possible Upcoming Dates for 1-Day Strikes & Status of Extra-curricular Activities

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to provide an update on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to permanent and occasional elementary teachers as well as Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) who are represented by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

ETFO announced that, as part of their latest in a series of rotating strikes, DDSB elementary teachers and DECE’s will participate in additional one-day, full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6, 2020 unless notified otherwise.  Please note that these days are in addition to the already planned full withdrawal of service that we notified you of during the weekend that is scheduled, pending any further developments, for Thursday, January 30.

We recognize the complexity for families during these days but for the reasons already articulated, we are not able to safely supervise students without our staff. It has therefore been determined that if there is a full withdrawal of service, unless notified otherwise, the following will take place on Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6, 2020:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB elementary schools

OPEN: All DDSB secondary schools

REGARDING CHILD CARE CENTRES:

  • Full Child Care Centres that provide a full day service for infants, toddlers and preschool children in our schools, will remain open and provide service for their regular hours.  
  • Before and After programs will be operating on a full day schedule.  Child Care Centres will communicate with families on where sites are closed or merged with other locations.
  • All EarlyON programs in schools will remain open for children and families.
  • All after-school recreation programs will be closed.
  • All Early Years Great Beginnings Start at the DDSB programs will be closed.

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

Unless notified otherwise, all DDSB elementary schools and programs that will close on these days and will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on the following day, and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

In addition, effective as of February 3, 2020, ETFO has announced that all extra-curricular activities will cease.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services and withdrawal of volunteer activities.

We recognize the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff in relation to provincial negotiations and their impact on us locally. We remain committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

 

Sincerely,

Norah Marsh

Acting Director of Education 

Durham District School Board

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:  Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020 — Letter to Elementary Parents/Guardians:  Regarding Possible Upcoming 1-Day Strike - Thursday, January 30

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to provide an update on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to permanent and occasional elementary teachers as well as Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs) who are represented by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

ETFO announced that, as part of their latest in a series of rotating strikes, DDSB teachers and education workers will participate in a one-day, full withdrawal of services on Thursday, January 30, 2020 unless notified otherwise.

As a Board, we remain committed to the care of our students and our dedication to their well-being, safety and success remains unchanged. After thoughtful consideration it has been determined that if there is a full withdrawal of service, unless notified otherwise, the following will take place on Thursday, January 30, 2020:

CLOSED TO STUDENTS: All DDSB elementary schools

OPEN: All DDSB secondary schools

REGARDING CHILD CARE CENTRES:

  • Full Child Care Centres that provide a full day service for infants, toddlers and preschool children in our schools, will remain open and provide service for their regular hours.  
  • Before and After programs will be operating on a full day schedule.  Child Care Centres will communicate with families on where sites are closed or merged with other locations.
  • All EarlyON programs in schools will remain open for children and families.
  • All after-school recreation programs will be closed.
  • All Early Years Great Beginnings Start at the DDSB programs will be closed.

OPEN: All Community Use permits at all locations

Unless notified otherwise, all DDSB elementary schools and programs that will close on Thursday, January 30, 2020 will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on Friday, January 31, 2020, and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action.

We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services.

We certainly understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

 

Sincerely, 

Norah Marsh
Acting Director of Education
Durham District School Board
 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:  Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  Regarding ETFO Job Action and Report Cards, IEPs and Kindergarten Communication of Learning

Wednesday, January 22, 2020  

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you are likely aware, there are currently ongoing labour negotiations with education unions across Ontario.  Given recent developments surrounding the status of the provincial labour situation, we would like to provide an update, specifically with respect to elementary teachers who are represented by Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the current situation regarding Individual Education Plans (IEPs), Report Cards and Kindergarten Communication of Learning at our board.

Here’s what students, parents and guardians can expect in the Durham District School Board:

Individual Education Plans (IEPs)

IEPs will be updated with goals and expectations for Term 2. As part of the IEP communication process, parents/caregivers are provided with a revised copy of the IEP anytime changes are made. As always, parents/guardians can contact their child’s teacher to learn more about their child’s progress. 

Elementary Term One Report Cards

​The creation and distribution of Report Cards for our nearly 50,000 elementary students is dependent upon on the electronic inputting of data by teachers. While regular assessment practices continue this term, as per job sanctions, elementary teachers are writing and providing marks, but are not inputting them electronically. Instead, teachers are to submit grades in hard copy form to their administrators. After exploring every possible solution, at this time, we are unable to provide parents/guardians with Term One Report Cards for elementary students.

Marks will also not be provided to families or students at this time. We recognize the important role report cards play in the communication between classroom teachers and parents, and that reporting on student achievement is a key duty of classroom teachers. As always, parents/guardians can contact their child’s teacher to learn about their child’s progress.

Kindergarten Communication of Learning

During this phase of work-to-rule, Kindergarten teachers will write, but not electronically input, a brief comment for each section of a student’s Kindergarten Communication of Learning. Given this challenge, families will not receive a Kindergarten Communication of Learning for their child at this time. As always, families can contact their child’s Kindergarten Educator Team to discuss their child’s growth in learning. 

We  continue to have full confidence in the professionalism of our teachers throughout the negotiation process, and we value their work with students. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon. Most importantly, teachers will continue their dedicated focus on supporting the learning needs of students. As always, parents/guardians can contact their child’s teacher to ask any questions they may have regarding their child’s education.

We certainly understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lisa Millar

Director of Education

Durham District School Board 

 

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:

Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  Regarding all DDSB elementary schools remain open for the week of January 20 - 24, 2020.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please be advised that the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has not served the Durham District School Board (DDSB) notice of a full withdrawal of services.  As such, all DDSB elementary schools remain open for the week of January 20 - 24, 2020.  As soon as ETFO serves notice of any increased job action, including a full withdrawal of services, we will update parents, guardians and community members accordingly.

We certainly understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

Sincerely,

Lisa Millar
Director of Education
Durham District School Board

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:  Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Friday, January 10, 2020 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  Regarding Upcoming ETFO Job Action re: Field Trips & Extra-Curricular Activities 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Durham District School Board is committed to keeping our parents and guardians informed of developments in the ongoing job action by teachers.  On Thursday January 9, 2020, the union representing public elementary teachers in Ontario, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced additional work-to-rule job actions would take place provincially.  Please find below an update of what will come into effect as of Monday, January 13, 2020.

FIELD TRIPS:

As part of the new set of work-to-rule job actions ETFO announced that their membership would no longer be supervising field trips.  As a result, Durham District School Board will be cancelling all elementary school field trips commencing Monday, January 13 as we are reliant on our teachers for the well-being and safety of our students during field trips. 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITES

Likewise, extra-curricular activities will no longer be offered by elementary teachers outside of the school day.  These activities are voluntary ones that teachers support within our school and include clubs, student government and athletics.  Those held during the school day and not requiring travel will continue.

We recognize that students will be disappointed as these opportunities are important to them.  We will continue to keep you informed of further developments as the negotiations between the province and union proceed.

Sincerely,

Lisa Millar
Director of Education
Durham District School Board

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:  Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

 

Friday, November 22, 2019 — Letter to Parents/Guardians:  Regarding Upcoming ETFO Job Action

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Currently, there are ongoing labour negotiations with education unions across Ontario.  Given recent developments surrounding the status of the provincial labour situation, we would like to provide an update, specifically with respect to elementary teachers who are represented by Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

As part of this process, as you may have seen in recent media reports, the union has indicated that they will be undertaking strike action, initially in the form of “Work-To-Rule” by ETFO members beginning on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

“Work-To-Rule” actions means partial withdrawal of services. This is ETFO’s legal right under the School Boards’ Collective Bargaining Act and the Labour Relations Act. We respect their rights and the processWe appreciate that parents/guardians may have concerns about any labour disruptions at school and how they may affect their children. We believe normal school operations for students can and will continue, and that at this time, tangible evidence of the job action at the school level will not be apparent to students, parents and guardians.  As a Board, we remain committed to the care of our students and our dedication to their well-being, safety and success remains unchanged.

Among other actions, these Work-To-Rule activities include:

    • not completing Term 1 Report Cards electronically (should the Work-To-Rule job action continue into January 2020)
    • not participating in professional development activities that are board or provincially directed, beyond the school day
    • not participating in EQAO-related activities
    • other administrative duties.

VERY IMPORTANT:

School activities such as field trips, sports and extracurricular activities are expected to continue.

We have full confidence in the professionalism of our teachers throughout the negotiation process, and we value their work with students. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon. Most importantly, teachers will continue their dedicated focus on supporting the learning needs of students. As always, parents/guardians can contact their child’s teacher to ask any questions they may have regarding their child’s education.

We certainly understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process. We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

 

Sincerely,

Lisa Millar
Director of Education
Durham District School Board

Questions and concerns can be emailed to us at:  Labour.Updates@ddsb.ca

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) — Labour Action: Updates

 
Sunday, October 6, 2019 — CUPE Deal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are happy to convey that the province and CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) have collectively bargained a new labour agreement over the weekend. Our CUPE employee group, which includes educational assistants, custodians, maintenance workers, clerical staff and others, will be returning to work on Monday, October 7, 2019.

We are equally pleased to inform everyone that all Durham District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be open on Monday, October 7, 2019, and regular classes will proceed.

Thank you for your understanding and patience throughout this process. We look forward to seeing our students and all staff on Monday morning.

 
Friday, October 4, 2019 — DDSB Letter to Parents/Guardians regarding CUPE Strike Action — School Closures
 

Dear Parents and Guardians

Following up on our recent messaging regarding the potential for school closures, after extensive consideration, we are informing parents and guardians that, should a provincial agreement not be reached over the weekend and CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) staff begin their announced full strike, Durham District School Board (DDSB) elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, 2019 and thereafter until further notice.

We share your concern and disappointment with this development, and wanted to share our plans as soon as possible to allow parents, guardians and students to make any necessary arrangements.

To summarize, in the event of a CUPE Strike, effective Monday, October 7, 2019:

  • All elementary and secondary schools will be closed
  • Select DDSB child care centres will remain open until further notice. Please contact your child care provider for details. For a list of DDSB child care provider contacts, visit https://www.ddsb.ca/en/family-and-community-support/early-years-programs-child-care.aspx
  • All DDSB/DSTS transportation services will be cancelled
  • Continuing Education including night school, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) will be closed
  • Continuing Education Adult Day School will remain open until further notice

It is highly unusual for the DDSB to close schools to our students. This has been, and continues to be, an exceptional and rapidly changing situation, but student and staff safety is always our first priority. The decision to close schools has not been taken lightly, and is being made because we do not believe we can provide the necessary safe and secure learning environments for all students should a full CUPE strike occur.

Safety-related concerns and considerations include:

  • supervision of students
  • administering health and medical supports and care for students
  • safe operation of water and sanitation systems, including legislated water flushing
  • conditions of school buildings and classrooms
  • overall safety and security

Negotiations are reportedly continuing this weekend. We are optimistic that a provincial agreement can be reached to prevent further disruption to our students and families.

We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. We will provide confirmation to parents about school status for Monday as soon as we have verified details on the outcome of this weekend’s negotiations. This will likely be on Sunday evening, distributed through School Messenger.

Additionally, the most recent information and updates will continue to be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or by following us on Twitter @DurhamDSB.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing process. Once again, we assure you that all decisions that we have undertaken have been made with your child’s safety as our number one priority.

Sincerely, 

Michael Barrett
Chair of the Board of Trustees 

Lisa Millar
Director of Education

 

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — DDSB Letter to Parents/Guardians regarding escalating job action and alternate child care arrangements

Dear Parents and Guardians

CUPE announced that it intends to escalate job action from work-to-rule to a full strike, effective Monday, October 7, 2019, should a negotiated settlement not be reached prior to that date.  In our Board, CUPE represents educational assistants, custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries and others.

Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to make alternate child care arrangements in order to be prepared for possible closure of schools, beginning Monday, October 7, 2019.

We appreciate your understanding as we all work together throughout this ongoing and evolving process.

We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances, we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 — Alternate Child Care Arrangements

Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to make alternate child care arrangements in order to be prepared for possible closure of schools, beginning Monday, October 7, 2019.

In our Board, CUPE represents educational assistants, custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries and others.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 — Update
CUPE announced today that it intends to escalate job action from work-to-rule to a strike, effective Monday, October 7, should a deal not be reached. DDSB is confirming details and contingency plans are being considered. Information will be shared with families once available.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 — Letter to Elementary School Parents/Guardians Regarding Visiting Schools During Labour Action

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The purpose of this communication is to provide you with some information regarding parent/guardian visits to our elementary schools during this time of labour action.

As you are likely aware, CUPE support staff in our schools are currently in the midst of job action in the form of “Work-To-Rule,” which means a partial withdrawal of some regular duties at the school level. Presently, select tasks are not being performed by support staff such as custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries, and educational assistants, and others. However, a full withdrawal of services has been announced by CUPE which would go into effect Monday, October 7, 2019 unless a full negotiated settlement is reached prior to that date.

We are informing visitors to the school that they may experience longer-than-usual delays in being buzzed into the school, as there will not be a staff member monitoring the intercom at all times.

For this reason we encourage parents to limit any unnecessary visits to the school, and when possible, to call ahead to arrange appointments or visits.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work together to support our students and school communities during this time. We also understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff. We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 — DDSB Letter to Parents/Guardians regarding permits for Community Use of Schools between September 30th and October 13th, 2019
 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are providing the following update regarding the recent legal job action undertaken by our support staff, who are represented by CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees).  As was widely reported in the media, this past weekend’s negotiations at the provincial level between the government, the Trustees’ Associations and CUPE ended without an agreement.

This resulted in CUPE Education Workers throughout our schools, including custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries, and educational assistants, among others, beginning the legal job action of Work-To-Rule effective yesterday, September 30, 2019.

As always, the health and safety of our staff and students remains our top priority as we continue to monitor the situation.

Among other actions, current Work-To-Rule activities include:

  • School secretarial staff will not be performing some duties, including answering door buzzers at school.  (Important: This may result in some delays in responding to school door buzzers. We suggest that parents and visitors allow extra time and be patient when visiting our schools.)
  • Custodial staff will continue cleaning classrooms and student washrooms, but will not be cleaning hallways, offices, staff washrooms, cafeterias or gymnasiums
  • Educational Assistants will not be performing some duties, including the preparation of class materials, but will continue to support the health, safety and well-being of our students

Due to these current Work-To-Rule activities, we have had to make some decisions regarding Community Use of Schools.  At this time, permits for Community Use of Schools between September 30th and October 13th, 2019 have been cancelled pending further notice.  However, all after hours student instructional programs will continue.  These cancelled permits will not impact the use of any of our schools for the Advanced Polling and Polling Stations for the upcoming federal election.

We must also plan for additional developments should they arise. In the event of further job action, we will continue to closely monitor conditions daily to ensure operations at our schools remain safe for students and staff.

We understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/labour-action-update.aspx or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

Durham District School Board

Sunday, September 29, 2019 — OPSBA News Release - Update Regarding Negotiations with CUPE
 OPSBA News Release - Update Regarding Negotiations with CUPE - pdf
Friday, September 27, 2019 — DDSB Letter to Parents/Guardians Regarding Upcoming CUPE Job Action

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Given recent developments surrounding the status of the provincial labour situation, we would like to  share an update, specifically with respect to our support staff, who are represented by CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees).

Currently, there are ongoing labour negotiations with education unions across Ontario. As part of this process, you may have seen recent media reports regarding strike action by our CUPE members.

As mentioned above, CUPE represents support staff in our elementary and secondary schools. Their membership includes custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries, and educational assistants, among others. All of these work groups would be affected by any job action.

We have been notified that CUPE will begin legal job action activities this Monday, September 30, 2019, with “Work-To-Rule” actions, which means partial withdrawal of services. This is their legal right under the School Boards’ Collective Bargaining Act and the Labour Relations Act. We respect their rights and the process.

We appreciate that parents/guardians may have concerns about any labour disruptions at school and how they may affect our students. We want to assure you that we believe normal school operations for students can and will continue, and that at this time, any visible evidence of the job action at the school level will be kept to a minimum.

Families with students with special education needs may have additional concerns related to provision of programing and supports in the context of a job action.  We want to reassure our community that we are attuned to the unique needs of these students and will continue to work with school teams and families in this regard.

We must also plan for additional developments should they arise. In the event of a full withdrawal of service by our support staff, we would closely monitor conditions daily to ensure operations at our schools remain safe for students and staff.

We understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: ddsb.ca or follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB. In some circumstances we may be sharing further information electronically through the School Messenger system.

We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.


Durham District School Board

 

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