Toronto District School Board

Important Labour Update

Dear Parents, Guardians, Caregivers and Students,
 

As a follow-up to the message sent on Wednesday, we wanted to provide another update regarding the CUPE strike action planned for Monday, November 21, 2022, should an agreement not be reached with the Government of Ontario.

As a reminder, should a strike occur, all TDSB schools will be closed for in-person learning for all students. Synchronous (live) learning will begin on Monday for those students who can connect online immediately. Schools have been distributing devices to students who require them and in some cases, this process will continue into next week. Please contact your child’s Principal for more information on device distribution.

We recognize that some students will not participate in synchronous learning for a variety of reasons, including not having immediate access to a device. Teachers will provide students with asynchronous work so that their learning can continue independently at home. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.

Please see the previous update for information regarding students currently enrolled in virtual learning, students with special education needs, students in ISP programs, EarlyON Centres, Extended Day Programs, Permits and Continuing Education.

Licensed Child Care
When schools are closed to students, third-party licensed child care operators located in TDSB schools will be permitted to remain open to children of all ages. However, child care operations must take place between the reduced hours of 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. It’s important to note that the decision to open or close will be made by individual child care operators and they may choose to adjust their hours further to support their operations. Please contact your child care operator directly to confirm and for more information.

Sports, Clubs, Athletics and Excursions
n-person programs, events and activities will not be taking place during the strike action, while virtual activities may continue. In-person excursions, scheduled during the strike action, must be rescheduled.

Deadline
As of right now, talks between CUPE and the Government of Ontario continue this weekend. A deadline of 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 20 has been set by both parties to provide families with as much notice as possible should the strike proceed. Should this deadline be extended for any reason, we will provide an update by 6 a.m. on Monday morning to provide an update on the status of schools for the day.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we prepare for next week. We remain hopeful that an agreement will be reached, and that students and staff will be at school and work on Monday. However, we are making the necessary plans so that student learning can continue remotely, if needed.

We will keep you updated as additional information becomes available. For ongoing updates and the latest information, please continue to check www.tdsb.on.ca/labour and follow @tdsb on Twitter.

Sincerely,

Colleen Russell-Rawlins         Rachel Chernos Lin
Director of Education              Chair of the Board