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Local schools to close starting Monday if no deal reached with CUPE

KAWARTHA LAKES-All schools within the Trillium Lakelands District School Board will be closed starting Monday October 7th if no deal is reached with CUPE.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) provided notice that they will be starting a full withdrawal of all services across the province on Monday, October 7, 2019.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board say they will close all schools if the union goes ahead with the plan.

“Trillium Lakelands District School Board has carefully assessed the potential impact on school operations and determined that student safety cannot be ensured. Therefore allTLDSB schools will be closed to students starting Monday, October 7, 2019 until the end of the CUPE full withdrawal of services. This includes all elementary, secondary, and adult and alternate education centres.. Education centres in Lindsay and Bracebridge will remain open.” said a note to parents on Friday morning.

One of the main issues is the recent cuts to education. Read more here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2019/09/07/educational-staff-with-trillium-lakelands-district-school-board-hold-strike-vote-today/

Important notes for parents and guardians:

  • Please make alternate child care arrangements for next week starting Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Please do not send your child to school. You do not need to call into safe arrival programs.
  • Watch for notification from the school board of any changes to the situation prior to Monday morning. If you do not receive notification, consider your child’s school closed.

“The decision to close schools to students was very carefully considered. CUPE staff in TLDSB school provide important work in our schools, including support for students with special needs, safe arrival programs, water line flushing, cleaning, and maintenance of our buildings.” the board states.

Community Use of Schools
All current permits for community use of schools have been cancelled as of Friday, October 4, 2019 and no new rental permits are being issued at this time.

Community Partners in TLDSB Schools
During the CUPE full withdrawal of services, TLDSB schools will be closed to students. Community partners will need to cancel scheduled programs and services in schools and reschedule with the school once the job action is over.

Daycares in TLDSB schools
Daycares that operate within TLDSB schools that rely on CUPE staff to provide services within the contracted area will be closed as of Monday, October 7, 2019 until job action is over.

Before and After School Programs
Before and after school programs will not operate in TLDSB schools beginning Monday, October 7, 2019 until after the job action is over.

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Pamela Vanmeer
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