In a letter dated January 13th, 2020, the Catholic District School Board (CDSBEO) issued a letter to parents informing them that the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) had provided notice that their members will escalate strike action to a full one-day withdrawal of services on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020. This one-day, full withdrawal of services is in addition to the sanctions that began on January 13th, 2020 and which will continue to remain in effect after January 21st, 2020.
OECTA represents more than 857 teachers or 59 per cent of the CDSBEO workforce. Safety of students is our greatest priority and due to the full withdrawal of classroom teaching services, the Board is not able to ensure adequate student safety and well-being, therefore, all CDSBEO schools will be closed to students on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to have alternate childcare plans in place for Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Parents who have children that attend childcare and/or before and after school care programs in CDSBEO facilities should contact their individual provider for details on childcare operations during the strike.
This labour disruption arises out of the current central negotiations process involving the Government of Ontario, the Council of Trustees’ Association (which includes the Association representing Catholic school boards – the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association), and OECTA. Please note that the CDSBEO does not control decisions regarding provincial strike action.
“The decision to close schools to students is complex and is made with careful consideration. Your patience and understanding in this matter is appreciated.”
Details and updates of the strike situation will be posted regularly through social media and on the CDSBEO website.
The letter closes asking parents to “Please keep our students, staff and families in your prayers as we move forward in these challenging times.”