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Rainbow board cancels classes for elementary students Jan. 22

Rotating strike by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario affects Rainbow board Wednesday

With the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announcing a rotating strike affecting the Rainbow District School Board on Wednesday, Jan. 22, the board has announced elementary classes are cancelled that day.

All classes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in Rainbow schools in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island will be cancelled Jan. 22, including Grade 7 and 8 classes at Chelmsford Valley District Composite School, Confederation Secondary School, Lively District Secondary School and Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, said a press release from the school board.

Classes will also be cancelled at Jean Hanson Public School, the Children's Treatment Centre (CTC), the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program (CAMHP), the Applied Behaviour Analysis Program (ABA) at the Ruth McMillan Centre, the Northern Support Initiative (NSI) Program at the Ruth McMillan Centre, and the Simulated Healthy Independent Living Opportunities Program (SHILO) on Gill Street. This includes secondary-school-aged students who attend these programs which are taught by ETFO members.

Transportation is cancelled for all affected students.

All sports and other extracurricular events are also cancelled for the day.

Schools remain open for child care, before and after school programs and community use.

It is important that affected parents/guardians make alternative arrangements for the care of their children. Parents/guardians will not be able to send their children to school on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

All classes will resume Jan. 23.

This isn't the only teachers' strike action happening in Sudbury next week.

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board has cancelled classes at all of its schools Tuesday, Jan. 21 in response to a provincewide, one-day strike by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Federation (OECTA).