Labour Update for HDSB Families - Elementary Schools
Oct. 30, 2022
Dear HDSB families of elementary students (Kindergarten - Grade 8),
We have been notified that the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) intends to engage in a full withdrawal of services effective Friday, Nov. 4
if a provincial settlement is not reached by end of day on Nov. 3. This will mean that CUPE members will not report to work. Within the Halton District School Board (HDSB), CUPE represents custodial staff in elementary and secondary schools. It does not represent educational assistants, early childhood educators or school support staff as it does in some other Ontario school boards.
The HDSB is committed to doing everything we can to keep our schools open. To keep our schools open,
HDSB elementary schools (Kindergarten - Grade 8) will alternate between in-person and remote learning beginning Friday, Nov. 4. HDSB elementary schools will be open for in-person learning on Friday, Nov. 4.
Elementary students with
special education needs will continue to attend school in person each day. Principals will communicate with families to confirm learning models for students with special education needs by Wednesday, Nov. 2. Further information will be provided by your child’s school.
The alternate day schedule for elementary students helps ensure we are able to implement contingency plans to address school cleanliness and ensure essential school operations are carried out safely during this period of job action. The HDSB will monitor the sustainability of continuing to keep our elementary schools open on alternate days for in-person learning. Should our contingency planning prove unable to support the continued operation of our schools for in-person learning, we will notify you as soon as possible.
In-person and remote learning schedule for Elementary students
This is a fluid and changing situation. The HDSB is monitoring the situation daily and decisions will be made accordingly and with the safety and well-being of students and staff as our highest priority. We strongly advise that parents/guardians make contingency plans in the event that it becomes necessary to switch to remote learning every day.
- Friday, Nov. 4: Students learn in-person
- Monday, Nov. 7: Students learn remotely
- Tuesday, Nov. 8: Students learn in-person
- Wednesday, Nov. 9: Students learn remotely
- Thursday, Nov. 10: Students learn in-person
- Friday, Nov. 11: Students learn remotely
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.
Minimizing Waste & Continuing Environmental Initiatives
- Before and After School programs at our schools will continue to be offered on in-person learning days.
- Transportation provided by Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will be unaffected by this job action.
- The HDSB will not be accepting new Community Use rental requests and all existing permits will be cancelled, effective Nov. 4, until further notice.
- All night school credit classes and the International & Indigenous Language Elementary Program (IILE) are cancelled, effective Nov. 4, until further notice.
To support our efforts to keep schools open, families are asked to minimize food waste and packaging. Families are asked to use reusable containers for food and practice “boomerang” lunches/snacks, meaning that all packaging or food waste is taken home rather than being disposed of in green bins or garbage cans in schools. In an effort to continue EcoSchools waste minimization efforts and other environmental initiatives happening at your school, we encourage you to bring home recyclable materials when possible. Picket Lines
It is anticipated that CUPE members may picket at our schools and Board offices. If you happen to encounter picket lines on your way to school, please be aware that you have the right to cross picket lines at any time. If you have concerns about this, please contact your Principal or Vice-principal. Secondary schools (Grade 9-12)
HDSB secondary schools will continue to be open for in-person learning for all students each day. This includes Grade 7-12 schools (Aldershot, Burlington Central and Acton District). Under the current HDSB contract, secondary schools are permitted to use contract custodial services to maintain services in secondary schools. This means that secondary schools will remain open every day during CUPE job action.Further information
We will continue to provide you with accurate and timely information as we are able through SchoolMessenger, the HDSB website
and the Board’s social media pages (Twitter
This withdrawal of services is a result of central bargaining taking place between the CUPE union, the Government of Ontario and the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA). To learn more about the Collective Bargaining process and current status updates, please visit this page: https://www.opsba.org/advocacy-and-action/labour-relations
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Director of Education
Halton District School Board