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With 4 teachers' unions striking Feb. 21, all school boards cancel classes that day

Elementary and secondary teachers are out across the province on Feb. 21

As you may have guessed, with all four major teachers' unions holding a one-day, provincewide strike Friday, Feb. 21, local school boards have announced all classes are cancelled that day.

Nearly 200,000 teachers represented by the four unions — the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation and Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens — will take part in the one-day strike.

The Rainbow District School Board said in a press release all classes from kindergarten to Grade 12 in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island will be cancelled for the day. Transportation is also cancelled.

This notice includes classes 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 MacMillan Centre, the Northern Support Initiative (NSI) Program at the Ruth MacMillan Centre, and the Simulated Healthy Independent Living Opportunities Program (SHILO) on Gill Street.

It also includes Barrydowne College, the N’Swakamok Native Alternative School, the Attendance Centre and the Adult Day School. 

In addition, extra-curricular activities, field trips, school events and Co-operative Education placements for secondary students are cancelled for the day. 

Dual credits continue at Cambrian College.

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

It is important that parents/guardians make alternative arrangements for the care of their children. They will not be able to send their children to school Feb. 21.

“Rainbow District School Board thanks parents/guardians and students for their ongoing patience and understanding,” said a press release from the board.

Sudbury Catholic District School Board said in a statement on its website that all of its schools will be also be closed Feb. 21 due to the labour action.

The school board said programs will be affected as follows on Feb. 21:

  • All classes are cancelled, and schools are closed to students.
  • All sports and other extracurricular events are cancelled.
  • All before and after school childcare programs remain open.
  • All daycare centres remain open.
  • All Community Use of Schools programs/events will run as scheduled.

Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon said that due to the impact of the strikes on the proper functioning of schools, including the safety and well-being of all students, all of the board's schools will be closed to elementary and secondary students Feb. 21. 

The Centre des petits program will not be offered in any of the board's schools that day. Daycares as well as before-and-after programs located in schools will operate normally. 

Conseil scolaire publique du Grand-Nord de l'Ontario (CSPGNO) said its schools will also be closed Feb. 21 due to the strike action.

“Given the scope of the strike and the impact it has on the operation of our schools and the safety and well-being of our students, all CSPGNO schools will be closed to students including our before-and-after school program Place des jeunes on Friday, February 21, 2020,” said a press release from the board. 

“We wish to remind parents/guardians to make alternative arrangements for the care of their children on Friday, February 21st, 2020. All classes will resume on Monday, February 24th, 2020.”

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