Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As noted in our letter of Monday, Oct. 31, Near North District School Board (NNDSB) has been planning for any labour disruptions resulting from the provincial negotiations with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
CUPE has announced that its members may not be at work on Friday, Nov. 4.
In NNDSB, CUPE represents school secretaries, custodial and maintenance staff, IT technicians, library technicians, as well as some finance and board support staff.
NNDSB is endeavouring to provide continuity of learning for students but must keep staff and student safety and well-being as a priority. After contingency planning, it has been determined that should the CUPE day of protest occur, some NNDSB elementary schools will remain open, some elementary and secondary schools will be closed to all students, and some secondary schools will only open for students attending self-contained special education classrooms.
Each school will be sending a communication to their families regarding the school’s status for Friday, Nov. 4.
Each school board in the province has varying employee groups represented by CUPE, so every board must make contingency plans based on their own circumstances. This is why you have heard of board-wide closures, while NNDSB is in the position to keep some schools and classrooms open.
If your child(ren) attends childcare in NNDSB schools, please contact your childcare provider for details on whether they will be open or closed on Friday.
All community use of schools permits will be suspended as of Friday, Nov. 4 until further notice. NNDSB does not have the capacity to maintain safe conditions for permit holders.
The status of negotiations is fluid, with on-going developments. We understand that this situation is challenging and requires that families also have contingency plans. The board appreciates your patience and understanding as we navigate this together.
Thank you for your support.
Near North District School Board