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District School Board Ontario North East
Labour Updates

March 23, 2020

The Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA)/Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative agreement with the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) for both teachers and education workers.  This tentative agreement will need to go through the ratification process before being finalized.   https://www.opsba.org/SitePages/TentativeDealETFO.aspx 

March 18, 2020

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) is immediately suspending all strike sanctions indefinitely. This includes sanctions that were part of a limited withdrawal of administrative services that has been in place since November 26, 2019.  For more details, visit https://www.osstf.on.ca/en-CA/news/osstf-feeso-to-suspend-sanctions-indefinitely.aspx


February 27, 2020

The chart below identifies which child care centres remain open during the strike on Friday, February 28. 

SchoolBefore and After SchoolChild Care CentreEarly Learning School Readiness ProgramEarly ON CentreRemain Open
YES/NO
BERTHA SHAW PSYES   NO
ELK LAKE PS  YESYESYES
ENGLEHART PSYESYESYES YES
GOLDEN AVENUE PS   WED & FRI AM ONLYNO
JOSEPH H. KENNEDY PS   Early ON Child & Family Centre
Brighter Futures
NO
YES
KERNS PS  YESYESYES
NEW LISKEARD PSYESYESYES YES
SCHUMACHER PS YES  YES
SMOOTH ROCK FALLS PS   YESYES
TEMAGAMI PSYESYES YESYES
TIMMINS CENTENNIAL PSYES   NO
W. EARLE MILLER PSYES   NO



February 21, 2020

District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) was selected by the Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation (OSSTF) for a one-day full withdrawal of services on Friday, February 28, 2020.

In DSB1, OSSTF represents secondary Teachers, Attendance Counsellors, Child and Youth Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Assistants, Indigenous Student Advisors and Social Workers.   

This withdrawal of services causes significant impact to our schools, including our capacity for effective supervision at the elementary panel. As a result, DSB1 elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students on Friday, February 28, 2020.  Schools will reopen on Monday, March 2, 2020.

We wish to continue to support student learning through this labour action.  We have prepared a list of resources that you and your child can access in the event of school closures:

Sites and Resources for Elementary.pdf

Sites and Resources for Secondary.pdf

Sites and Resources for FSL.pdf

We understand this is disruptive to students and families.  We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

Yours in education,

Lesleigh Dye
Director of Education

View the full letter here:2020.02.21 Letter to Families.pdf


February 13, 2020

Dear Families:

 Yesterday, the four largest education unions in Ontario, including the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), announced a one-day strike in schools across the province on Friday, February 21, 2020.

 This withdrawal causes significant impact to our schools.  As a result, all Districtr School Board Ontario North East elementary and secondary schools will be closed for students on Friday, February 21.  All student transportation will also be cancelled that day.

We wish to continue to support student learning through this labour action.  We have prepared a list of resources that you and your child can access in the event of school closures:

Sites and Resources for Elementary.pdf

Sites and Resources for Secondary.pdf

Sites and Resources for FSL.pdf

 We understand that this is disruptive to students and families and we thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

 Yours in education,

Lesleigh Dye

Director of Education

View the full letter here: 2020.02.13 Letter to Families - ETFO and OSSTF.pdf


February 10, 2020

Dear Families:

Semester One Report Cards will be provided for secondary students, with marks and learning skills only.

As a result of provincial labour action, secondary teachers are not entering comments into Report Cards at this time.

Grade 12 students' marks will be submitted to the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) and to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) on time so that students' post-secondary applications will not be negatively impacted.

We know how important progress reports are to families and students, and that marks, learning skills and teacher comments are valued. It is our expectation that communication with families regarding student progress has been ongoing throughout the school year.   If you have any questions regarding your child's progress and well-being, please contact your child's teachers. 

We sincerely appreciate your continued understanding as we work through this provincial labour action.

Yours in education,

Lesleigh Dye

Director of Education

View the full letter here: 2020.02.10 Letter to Families - Secondary Report Cards.pdf



February 5, 2020

Dear Families:

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) members across the province will be withdrawing services on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

Additionally, ETFO has selected District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) for a one-day full withdrawal of services on Thursday, February 13, 2020. 

This withdrawal of services causes significant impact to our elementary schools, including our capacity to ensure student safety.

As a result, DSB1 elementary schools, including Grade 7 and 8 programs in Grade 7 to 12 schools, will be closed to students on Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13.  Secondary schools will remain open to students.

We understand that this provincial labour action is disruptive to students and families. We wish to continue to support student learning in the event of school closures and have created a list of resources for families:

Sites and Resources for Elementary.pdf

Sites and Resources for Secondary.pdf

Sites and Resources for FSL.pdf

We remain hopeful that an agreement will be reached soon. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

Yours in education,

Lesleigh Dye
Director of Education

You can view the full letter here: 2020.02.05 Letter to Families - Full Withdrawal.pdf



January 30, 2020

As a result of provincial labour action, elementary teachers will not be completing report cards at this time.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information:

Term One Report Cards FAQs.pdf


January 27, 2020

Dear Families:
  
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have selected District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) for a one-day full withdrawal of services on Monday, February 3, 2020. 
 
Additionally, all ETFO members across the province will be withdrawing services on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
 
In DSB1, ETFO represents elementary teachers.  This withdrawal of services causes significant impact to our elementary schools, including our capacity to ensure student safety.
 
As a result, DSB1 elementary schools, including Grade 7 and 8 programs in Grade 7 to 12 schools, will be closed to students on Monday, February 3 and Thursday, February 6.  Secondary schools will remain open to students.
 
We understand that this provincial labour action is disruptive to students and families. We wish to continue to support student learning in the event of school closures. We have created a list of resources, which can be accessed here:

Sites and Resources for Elementary.pdf

Sites and Resources for Secondary.pdf

Sites and Resources for FSL.pdf

 
We remain hopeful that an agreement will be reached soon. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.
 
Yours in education,

Lesleigh Dye
Director of Education



January 22, 2020

 As a result of provincial labour action, elementary teachers will not be completing report cards at this time.

Please read the letter to families here: 2020.01.22 Letter to Families - Elementary Report Cards.pdf

Thank you for your patience and collaboration as we work through this provincial labour action. 


January 20, 2020

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) confirmed that they are engaging in a one-day full withdrawal of services on Friday, January 24, 2020. 

This withdrawal of services causes significant impact to our elementary schools. As a result, DSB1 elementary schools and Grade 7 and 8 programs in Grade 7 to 12 schools will be closed to students on January 24, 2020. 

ETFO members will return to work on Monday, January 27 and DSB1 elementary schools will re-open. 

This labour action does not impact secondary schools.  Schools remain open for students in Grades 9 to 12.

We are committed to continuing to support student learning. A list of educational resources is available below:

We will continue to communicate with families and community partners throughout this process.  

Read the full letter to families here:

2020.01.20 Letter to Families.pdf


January 17, 2020

The Ministry of Education is offering support for families impacted by school closures due to labour action.  

Support for Parents is an initiative that will provide financial support to parents of eligible children for each day of school that is missed on account of the labour disruption. Parents with children attending school-based child care centres that are closed on account of the labour disruption will also be eligible to receive support.  Parents are encouraged, to submit applications via an online system. The system is open as of today and will remain so until four weeks after the labour disruption ends.

For more details, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/education-contract-talks-stay-updated 

Support for Parents_Stakeholder_FAQs - 2020-01-20 (EN).pdf


January 10, 2020 - OSSTF

District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) was selected by the Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation (OSSTF) for a one-day full withdrawal of services on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  

As such, all DSB1 schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  Schools will reopen on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

To learn more, please read this letter from the Director of Education: 

2020.01.10 Letter to Families.pdf


January 10, 2020 - ETFO

 On Thursday, January 9th, ETFO gave notice that they will commence phase 3 of their work-to-rule labour action on Monday, January 13th.   

 In District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1), ETFO represents elementary teachers.
 
This new phase of strike action means additional services are being withdrawn by ETFO members.  Services being withdrawn in phase 3 include the participation in extracurricular activities, except those that are scheduled within the regular workday.

Elementary schools will remain open for this phase of labour action as learning will continue in the classrooms.  We will continue to communicate with families and community partners throughout this process. 
 

January 9, 2020

Please see the following letter to families regarding the Grade 9 EQAO math assessment: 2020.01.09 EQAO Letter to Families.pdf

January 6, 2020

All DSB1 schools will be open on January 8.  

OSSTF announced that it would hold a one day strike on Wednesday, January 8, in select locations.  DSB1 has not been selected for this withdrawal of services, therefore our schools will not be impacted by this labour action.


December 13, 2019

All DSB1 schools will be open on December 18.  

OSSTF announced that it would hold another one day strike on Wednesday, December 18 in select locations.  DSB1 has not been selected for this withdrawal of services, therefore our schools will not be impacted by this labour action.

December 9, 2019

All DSB1 schools will be open on Wednesday, December 11. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) announced that it would hold another one day strike on Wednesday, December 11 in select locations. DSB1 has not been selected for this withdrawal of services, therefore our schools will not be impacted by this labour action.


December 4, 2019

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), the Crown and OPSBA did not reach an agreement before the midnight deadline this evening. As such, OSSTF members will be withdrawing all services on Wednesday, December 4th.

In District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1), OSSTF represents secondary Teachers, Attendance Counsellors, Child and Youth Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Assistants, Indigenous Student Advisors and Social Workers.

All elementary and secondary DSB1 schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 4th. All schools will reopen for students on Thursday, December 5th.

We are committed to continuing to support student learning. A list of educational resources is available below:
We appreciate that this is disruptive for families and we thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.


December 3, 2019

OSSTF, the Crown and OPSBA continue to negotiate centrally today.  The deadline to reach an agreement before the full withdrawal of services by OSSTF members is at midnight tonight.  

If an agreement is reached between the three parties, all DSB1 schools will be open for students.

The information will be posted to our websiteFacebookTwitter and Instagram shortly after midnight tonight.


December 2, 2019

Community Use of Schools will remain open for community groups on Wednesday, December 4th.  

All child care programs will operate in our schools on Wednesday, December 4th except the Before and After School programs at:

  • Bertha Shaw Public School

  • Timmins Centennial Public School

  • W. Earle Miller Public School


November 29, 2019

Please see the picket line protocol information for families below

Picket Line Protocol Information for Families - OSSTF.pdf


November 28, 2019

The Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF) confirmed that they are engaging in a one-day full withdrawal of services on Wednesday, December 4th.   

In District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1), OSSTF represents secondary Teachers, Child and Youth Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Assistants, and Indigenous Student Advisors.    

This withdrawal of services causes significant impact to our schools, including our capacity for effective supervision at the Elementary panel. As a result, DSB1 elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 4th  

OSSTF members will return to work on Thursday, December 5th and DSB1 schools will re-open.   

Community Use of Schools and child care centres will remain open during this labour action.   

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), who represents public school boards at the central bargaining table with OSSTF, will continue to work towards resolving this situation.  We are hopeful that a resolution will be reached before Wednesday. 

We will continue to communicate with families and community partners throughout this process.   



November 22, 2019

On Thursday, November 21st, the Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation (OSSTF) issued a strike notice. 

Commencing on November 26, 2019, OSSTF members will be participating in information pickets and a limited withdrawal of services.

The withdrawal of services relates to board and school administrative tasks. Secondary schools will remain open for this phase of labour action as learning will continue in the classrooms.

We will continue to communicate with families and community partners throughout this process.  



November 14, 2019

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that it is preparing for potential work-to-rule labour action beginning on November 26, 2019. 

In DSB1 ETFO represents elementary teachers. 

In the event of a work-to-rule labour action, our schools will remain open and meaningful learning will continue.

DSB1 recognizes the value of the central and local bargaining process.   We will continue to communicate with families and community partners throughout this process.