Upper Canada board
For the third time this month, area schools will be closed by striking teachers.
Elementary schools administered by the Upper Canada District School Board will be closed January 29 as the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which represents 1,500 elementary teachers within the board, stage a one-day work stoppage.
This means there will be no classes or transportation for any of the kindergarten to Grade 8 students, including Grade 7 and Grade 8 students who attend a secondary school or specialized programs.
Classes will resume as usual on Thursday, Jan. 30 for those in Kindergarten to Grade 8.
"We have this sword over our heads," Upper Canada District School Board chairman John McAllister says referring to a huge debt that has prompted the board to issue redundancy notices have been issued to about 100 teachers.
He reiterates that the notices do not necessarily mean all 100 will lose their jobs.
The board is faced with a $5.2 million transportation deficit and a $54 per student reduction in its grants that are based on enrolment.
Mr. McAllister also emphasized that “Our schools will be staffed in September and we will welcome students to a new year of learning.”