One-day strike to close public elementary schools in Durham Thursday

Public elementary schools across Durham will be closed Thursday (Jan. 30) as part of labour action by members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario.

The union has announced that DDSB teachers and education workers will participate in a one-day, full withdrawal of services as part of a series of rotating strikes across the province.

“Unless notified otherwise, all DDSB elementary schools and programs that will close on Thursday, January 30, 2020 will re-open for regularly scheduled classes on Friday, January 31, 2020, and will continue with scheduled classes thereafter, pending further notice. DDSB’s Job Action Committee will continue to provide updated communication to families related to this escalation in job action,” reads a notice on the board’s website.

“We value our staff and their work with students. We also recognize their right to the collective bargaining process, which includes the option of full withdrawal of services. We certainly understand the concerns of some parents/guardians, students and staff at this time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information.”

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