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What parents need to know about teachers’ administrative work-to-rule campaign

CRISTINA HOWORUN | posted Tuesday, Nov 26th, 2019

After months of negotiations, teachers and educational workers from the two biggest teachers’ unions — The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)  — will be engaging in an administrative work-to-rule campaign as of Nov. 26.

What does this mean for parents?

If your child attends a public elementary or public high school, their teachers will be engaging in work action. This means that their teachers and educational workers will not:

  • Attend after hours meetings
  • Provide individualized comments on report cards
  • Engage in EQAO preparations
  • Attend professional development events for ministry or board initiatives, but they will continue to engage in self-directed professional development.

What will not be disrupted?

  • Classes — they will continue as usual
  • Sports, clubs and after-school activities led by teachers will continue
  • Grades will continue to be issued and assignments will be marked

What happens next?

  • Teachers’ federations have several negotiating dates scheduled with the minister of education over the next few weeks
  • If a deal isn’t reached, teachers could choose to take further strike action. If that is the case, parents will have a minimum of five days notice before a strike begins.

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