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OTTAWA — Schools in two of the Ottawa and East region’s school boards, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est Ontario (CSDCEO), plan to remain open despite support forces going on strike this Friday. The schools of the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) plan to be virtual in class, but the CSDCEO is also talking about the possibility of a virtual school.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has planned to go on strike as early as November 4 amid stalled collective bargaining with the Ford government, which is attempting to pass legislation to force return-to-work. CUPE represents 55,000 administrative employees in Ontario, such as librarians and secretaries, as well as school board technical, janitorial and maintenance staff.
For now, CEPEO is the only school board that decided to close its schools this Friday.
School authorities in the east are preparing for all eventualities
On Monday, CECCE announced that all schools and daycare centers would remain open. On the microphone ofONFR+the CECCE, has confirmed this announcement.
CUPE represents around 160 permanent employees and temporary workers there, the schools remain open.
Late on Wednesday afternoon, in a press release to families, the CEPEO explained that “if the political demonstration takes place (…) the students will have to stay at home and have access to asynchronous education”.
In this update, Education Director Sylvie CR Tremblay adds that “virtual mode classes will be introduced on Monday 7 November” if the strike continues.
“Lessons are therefore offered virtually in real-time with your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher will contact you before class starts to send you all the connection details. »
The childcare facilities of CEPEO and its partners will be closed from November 4th.
As of November 1st, the CSDCEO confirms that the personnel in the maintenance department, in the schools’ secretariat and in the head office, the employees, the supervisors of the secondary school and the computer technicians will be affected by this strike call.
However, the council reassures that schools will remain open but that “repercussions on the proper functioning of our schools are to be expected.
“Therefore, for public health and health reasons, it is likely that learning will continue virtually,” the CSDCEO acknowledges in a statement.
Currently Bill 28, A law to resolve labor disputes involving school board employees represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employeesis still debated in chambers in Queen’s Park.
The government has said it is ready to resume negotiations with CUPE, but the latter said on Monday it still plans to pull out. Several union members and their supporters marched outside Queen’s Park on Tuesday evening to demonstrate their intention to strike.
This article was modified at 12:00 PM on Wednesday November 2nd.