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Letter re: Status of Labour Relations

November 30, 2012

The following letter was sent home today with your child(ren). Please do not hesitate to call the school at 613-523-5406 if you require more information.

A date for the potential one-day walk-out has not been set yet. As stated in the letter, we will receive 72 hours as notice to when this walk-out will occur.

Here is the content of the letter:


November 30, 2012


Dear Parents or Guardians:

I want to bring you up to date on the status of our labour relations issues. 

The elementary teachers and occasional teachers union (ETFO) will begin a work to rule strategy on Monday, December 3,  2012.  All regular classroom instruction will continue as usual; teachers will be in the classroom performing their instructional and supervisory duties.  However, teachers will not participate in administrative and non-instructional duties such as extra-curricular activities, field trips, meetings, professional development, provincial assessments, and any activities that occur outside of the regular school day. Teachers will be only available to discuss student issues with parents during the school day.

Beginning on Monday, after school and lunch time clubs, sports and activities will not be supported by teachers and may not operate.  School based evening activities such as concerts, plays, and parent nights may be rescheduled to take place during the school day.   School council meetings will continue as scheduled.

The elementary teachers union is planning to hold a one-day walk-out in every school district across the province.  To ensure student safety in the event of a one-day walk-out, our elementary schools will be closed for the school day. We expect to have 72 hours notice of a walk-out and will communicate information through the media and via telephone voice message.  Parents should make childcare arrangements for their child(ren) as students will not be able to attend the school.

Extended day programs operated by the district will be closed.  Before and after school programs operated by other service providers may also be affected.  Parents should contact their service provider/program coordinator to confirm whether their program will operate.

I understand the challenges this may create for you.  At this time, we expect any walk-out to be limited to one day only.  We will continue to provide information as soon as it becomes available.  Regular updates about the status of the labour disruption are posted on the district website at

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.


Marc Slesar



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