Ontario’s public elementary teachers plan to hold province-wide walkouts one day a week, in addition to the ongoing rotating strikes, meaning schools will be shut down twice each week by job action.
In a memo to members sent Monday morning, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario said it will hold a one-day strike in all boards where its members work on Feb. 6 if no deal is reached with the provincial government by the end of the month.
Starting Feb. 3, “ETFO locals will continue in a full withdrawal of services strike that will require members to engage in a one-day rotating strike and a one-day full provincial strike each week,” the memo states.
The ETFO has been holding one-day rotating strikes in a handful of boards each day.
The escalated job action also includes teachers who work with special needs students receiving treatment at facilities like Bloorview or Niagara Children’s Centre.
ETFO is now also instructing members not to take part in any extracurricular activities as of next week. Currently, only after-hours clubs and sports are affected.
Most boards have also opted not to send home winter report cards as teachers are providing principals with marks only, and also not inputting them.
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