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An agreement has not yet been reached between the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the province, and so Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) teachers and designated early childhood educator (DECE) staff will be on strike and all elementary schools will be closed to students on Thursday, February 6. Secondary schools will remain open.
Daycares, before and after school programs, and community use of school after-hours programs, are not affected by the strike. Bus transportation will not be provided to TLDSB elementary students. TLDSB does provide bussing to Catholic schools in Muskoka and in the City of Kawartha Lakes, therefore buses will still be running. Please do not put your elementary TLDSB child on the bus on Thursday.
ETFO has also announced two strike days for next week – a full strike across the province on Tuesday, February 11, and TLDSB participation in a rotating strike on Thursday, February 13. If an agreement is not reached by these dates, all elementary schools will be closed to students on February 11 and 13.
There is financial support available to parents of eligible children for each day of school that is missed due to labour disruption. Parents and guardians of TLDSB students are asked to visit the Ministry of Education website at www.Ontario.ca/SupportForParents or the dedicated Support for Parents Helpline at 888-444-3770.
Updates will be provided to you as more information becomes available. To find out the status of labour action in TLDSB continue to visit this page at tldsb.ca/labour-updates/.