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parents should watch their child’s elementary school website or the board website – www.ugdsb.on.ca – for any changes to the planned elementary teachers’ day of political protest on Jan. 11.

School on Friday up in air

The Upper Grand District School Board might not be closing its elementary schools after all this Friday.
The board issued an urgent news release shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday saying that parents should watch their child’s elementary school website or the board website – www.ugdsb.on.ca – for any changes to the planned elementary teachers’ day of political protest on Jan. 11.
“If the day of protest is cancelled, this message will be provided to the community through these channels and the media,” the release said.
An Ontario Labour Relations Board hearing was set to start at 3 p.m. today (Jan. 10) to consider the Ontario government’s application to have the proposed teachers’ action declared an “illegal strike.”
“The Ministry of Education has communicated to all school boards that it is hopeful that a decision will be reached quickly,” the release said.
Updates are to be posted not only on the board and individual school websites, but also on a board hot-line at 519-827-2089.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Upper Grand board had announced that it would close all of its elementary schools to students on Friday because of a planned one-day walkout by unionized teachers and other education workers belonging to the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.
ETFO announced its “one-day political protest” early Wednesday afternoon, and the Upper Grand board responded later in the afternoon that its elementary schools would close to students Friday.
In that release, the board asked parents to make alternative care arrangements for their children and not send them to school on Friday. It said school buses would run to pick up secondary, Catholic and French-language students, but would not collect Upper Grand elementary school students.
It said that if a child attends a before and after, day care or “extended day” program in an Upper Grand elementary school, the operator of the program would notify parents directly about their plans for the day.
The one-day protest was aimed at the provincial government and Education Minister Laurel Broten for invoking Bill 115 on Jan. 3 to impose two-year contracts, said an ETFO news release.
Broten “made a deliberate and provocative choice to wipe out the democratic rights of tens of thousands of educators rather than work towards a respectful solution,” ETFO president Sam Hammond said in the release. “She could have taken our olive branch and waited for a new leader to try and find solutions, but she chose not to.”
The release said that 92% of ETFO members who cast an online ballot in December voted in favour of a one-day political protest if Broten were to impose contracts using Bill 115.
ETFO also held one-day protests in December, which resulted in Upper Grand elementary schools being closed to students on Dec. 14.

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