December 5, 2023

Published November 6, 2022 at 11:06 am


The province-wide education strike that went into effect last week will continue into Monday, causing most schools to be closed for in-person learning.

However, many school boards have begun introducing an online component that will allow students to continue their lessons from home while the strike continues.

The strike involves about 55,000 education workers – including custodians, early childhood educators and educational assistants –represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), who have walked off the job following the cessation of mediation between the union and the Ontario government.

Here’s what to expect from each school board starting Monday, Nov. 7:

Peel District School Board

  • All students (K-12) will participate in asynchronous learning at home on Monday November 7, 2022. School buildings will continue to be closed to students during this time.
  • Peel Elementary Virtual School and Peel Virtual Secondary School students will participate in synchronous learning beginning Monday, November 7, 2022.
  • Teachers will be available to support your child(ren) with asynchronous learning.
  • Students will log into their Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), to retrieve assignments and access support from their teacher.
  • All childcare, EarlyON centres and before and after-school programs will be closed. All permits will be cancelled. Please check with your childcare provider for more information.
  • Athletic and extracurricular activities scheduled for Monday, November 7, 2022 will be cancelled.
  • All co-op placements scheduled for Monday, November 7, 2022 will be cancelled.

If the labour action extends beyond Monday, November 7, 2022, the board will transition to synchronous learning beginning Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

  • All schools are closed to students: DPCDSB educators will begin to transition to synchronous remote learning over the coming days.
  • All student transportation is cancelled.
  • All childcare centres and before and after school programs are closed. Please contact your childcare provider for more information.
  • All athletic and club events taking place in schools are postponed.
  • All permits are cancelled.
  • International Languages programs and other programs which take place at DPCDSB schools are cancelled.

Halton District School Board

HDSB elementary schools (Kindergarten – Grade 8) will reinstate their contingency plan to alternate between in-person and remote learning. This would mean that elementary students would learn remotely (independently) on Monday, Nov. 7. Learning materials/tasks would be posted on Google Classroom by Period 2 on Nov. 7.

In-person and remote learning schedule for Elementary students:

  • Friday, Nov. 4: Students learn in-person
  • Monday, Nov. 7: Students learn remotely (independent learning)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8: Students learn in-person
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9: Students learn remotely (real-time, teacher-led learning)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10: Students learn in-person
  • Friday, Nov. 11: Students learn remotely (real-time, teacher-led learning)

Secondary schools:

  • Please be aware that you will likely see some disruptions to normal school operations and the physical condition of schools. The primary focus of Principals/Vice-principals is to ensure our schools are safe and healthy learning environments for students and staff. During this time, Principals/Vice-principals will be postponing non-essential and non-urgent activities such as school council meetings and school events.
  • Transportation provided by Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will be unaffected by this job action.
  • All HDSB Community Use Rental requests and existing permits in elementary and secondary schools are cancelled Nov. 4-6.
  • Night school credit classes at secondary schools will proceed as scheduled.

Halton Catholic District School Board

  • On Monday, November 7th the board will continue with asynchronous instruction.
  • Lessons and expectations will be shared via the learning platform. Learning materials for students will be adjusted and made available, as required.
  • Schools will use this day to distribute technology to families and prepare for the provision of synchronous instruction.
  • Educators who work at St. Clare of Assisi and the secondary virtual program will continue to deliver synchronous virtual instruction to their students.
  • If job action continues beyond Monday, on Tuesday, November 8th the board will transition to synchronous instruction for all students.
  • Special education supports and resources will be provided to support the continuity of learning and access to specialized equipment (i.e. SEA).
  • Virtual services and supports, through a variety of special education staff, will continue to be provided.
  • The Empower Reading Program will also continue to be offered in a virtual capacity.
  • School staff will ensure ongoing communication with parents/guardians to monitor progress and student needs.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

On Monday, November 7, 2022, HWDSB schools will be closed to all students for in-person learning. Students will move to independent (asynchronous) learning at home and will begin real-time, remote (synchronous) learning on Tuesday, November 8. In addition:

  • Classroom educators will connect with students and families
  • All school staff will report to their school
  • Additional staff will be assigned to schools for cleaning and maintenance tasks
  • Early Learning and Child Care centres (Birth to age 3.8) will be open during the school day only
  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres, all licensed before‐ and after‐school programs, and all authorized recreation programs are cancelled
  • Students learning on non-HWDSB properties can attend in-person learning
  • All extra-curricular activities including Arts, clubs, after-school tutoring, for example, are paused
  • All Athletics taking place in schools are paused until further notice

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

Schools are closed to students on Monday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Synchronous learning will be provided. Parents/guardians are asked to contact their child’s principal on Monday, November 7th if they are in need of a device. Parents/guardians are urged to report any absences in Safe Arrival. Unless there is an urgent need, we ask that you refrain from contacting the school to pick up a personal belonging. All after-hours programming and student activities will be cancelled. CYO games on Saturday, November 5 will proceed as scheduled; CYO activities on Monday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 8 will be rescheduled.

Durham District School Board

All DDSB schools will remain closed to in-person learning.

  • Elementary students: In the afternoon on Monday, November 7, educators will be connecting with their classrooms virtually to begin live virtual learning.
  • Secondary students: On Monday, November 7, secondary students should sign into their Google Classroom at the start of their school day. Secondary educators will be holding live learning for the first 30 minutes of each period on Monday. Beginning on Tuesday, secondary students will receive 60 minutes of live virtual instruction for each class.

Durham Catholic District School Board

On Monday, November 7, 2022, teachers will provide students with asynchronous work to be completed at any time during the day. Teachers will also communicate with students and families on Edsby to provide instructions on when and how to connect to live, synchronous classes beginning Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

District School Board of Niagara

If CUPE members continue to withdraw their services on Monday, then all DSBN schools will remain closed to students for in-person learning. Teachers will be providing remote learning opportunities to students. The board is monitoring the situation over the weekendand we will share an update no later than 6PM on Sunday, November 6.

Niagara Catholic District School Board

The board is expected to provide an update by Monday.

The government originally offered raises of two per cent a year for workers making less than $40,000 and 1.25 per cent for all others, but says the new, imposed four-year deal would give 2.5 per cent annual raises to workers making less than $43,000 and 1.5 per cent raises for all others.

“This afternoon, we were informed that mediation has concluded. Regardless of the attempts by your OSBCU Bargaining Committee to achieve a negotiated deal that respects the needs of workers, students and families, the Ford Conservative government would not make the necessary investment to achieve this deal,” the union said in a statement on Thursday.

“It is clear that this government never intended to negotiate. The time and effort they have spent on Bill 28, which strips away education workers’ Charter rights, should have been spent on a deal that would have respected workers and ensured the services that students desperately need are secured.”

Education Minister Stephen Lecce said he won’t negotiate further unless the union cancels its strike. He says the government “has no choice” but to proceed with its legislation because of CUPE’s strike threat.

In a statement, Lecce called the strike “illegal.”

With files from Ashley Newport and The Canadian Press

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