Please note the following statement from the NNDSB:
The Canadian Union of Public Employees Union (CUPE) has advised school boards it will escalate job action on Monday, October 7, 2019, if a collective agreement is not reached through negotiations with the province and the Council of Trustees Associations by end of day Sunday, October 6, 2019. This escalated job action will be a full withdrawal of services, which is otherwise known as a strike or a walk-out.
If job action commences as scheduled, the Board will close all schools for all students on Monday, October 7, 2019 and for the duration of the job action. While we understand that this is a challenging time, parents will be required to make alternate arrangements for their children
We have explored every possible contingency plan to keep schools open. At the Near North District School Board CUPE represents school clerical support, information technologist, custodians, central clerical support and library technicians. These employees are critical in maintaining the health and safety of our students and facilities through a variety of tasks including:
building and school ground safety and security;
safe water checks;
administration of medication for students;
washroom and water fountain cleaning;
student supervision; and
safe arrival programs.
The health and safety of our students and staff are a priority and without the important services of our CUPE employees, we cannot guarantee that our learning environments will remain safe and clean for all students.
During this job action, all non-CUPE employees will continue to report to work in schools and administrative centres.
In addition to the closure of schools for students, the following programs and services will also be impacted should the strike action commence on Monday:
Child Care Operators and Program in NNDSB Schools
During the full strike action when schools are closed to students, third-party childcare, before and after childcare programs and Early On program will remain closed.
Community Use of Facilities Permits
During the full strike action, all community use of facilities permits are cancelled
During the full strike action, all continuing education classes are cancelled.
All school-based meetings will be cancelled during the full strike action
While the NNDSB is not directly involved in the provincial negotiations, the Board remains hopeful that a new agreement will be reached before Monday, October 7, 2019. If an agreement is reached, schools will open as usual on Monday. We are committed to providing an update to all parents/guardians over the weekend.