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OCDSB MEDIA ALERT – All Elementary Schools are CLOSED January 11, 2013

January 11, 2013

OCDSB ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS CLOSED ON JANUARY 11th
Please see the message below as found on the OCDSB website:
All OCDSB elementary schools (grades JK-8) will be closed to students on January 11th as a result of a planned one day walk-out by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario. Parents should make alternate childcare arrangements. However, if parents do send their children to school, we will ensure that students are provided with alternative activities for the day. No elementary transportation services will be operating. All secondary schools will be open on January 11th.
Please note that Extended day programs operated by the district, before and after school programs and daycares operated by third parties at elementary schools will operate for students who are already registered in the program. Parents should contact their service provider for details.
A decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) on the legality of the walk-out was made at approximately 4:30 a.m. today.  The OLRB deemed the planned walk-out to be an illegal strike and as a result, all staff are expected to report to work.  Unfortunately, this decision came too late for us to be in a position to adequately ensure student safety and to communicate with our community.  The district made a commitment to advise to parents about the status of school closures by 8 p.m. last night.  We believe that was the right decision based on the information available at that time.
We apologize for the inconvenience and confusion that this has created for parents, students and staff.  We are grateful for your patience and understanding.  We look forward to welcoming all students to school on Monday, January 14, 2013.
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