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Simcoe County, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board switches to online education due to strike – BarrySEDI News

Both Simcoe County and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board will switch to an online learning model as Ontario education workers strike after the province passed legislation to impose contracts on workers.

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In a letter sent home to families Friday, the Simcoe County District School Board said that due to uncertainty about the current labor situation and the potential for continued labor disruptions next week, all SCDSB schools, learning centers and before and after school programs will be closed. Closed to students from Monday, November 7 to Friday, November 11.

Students will receive assigned coursework through a virtual learning platform set up by their teacher, the public board said.

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The Catholic board said students will be given coursework to complete independently on Monday and Tuesday while it works to get all families the technology they need.

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The Catholic board is then planning to resume full remote learning on Wednesday as CUPE workers continue to strike.

If the labor situation is resolved, all schools, learning centers and before and after school programs will resume regular operations.

The public board said special education county classes, with the exception of classes for students in gifted programs, will return to individualized education beginning Tuesday, Nov. 8, and transportation will continue for those students.

Schools or boards will reach out to families to ensure all students have the necessary technology for remote learning.

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On Thursday, the Progressive Conservative government introduced legislation imposing a contract on 55,000 education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees and using a pre-emptive strike ban to protect against constitutional challenges.

But CUPE launched an indefinite strike anyway, with the largest protest taking place in the Legislative Assembly, where workers spread out on the Assembly lawn and marched in line around the building through streets blocked off by police.

“Immediately after the announcement to keep the students in class, we filed a submission with the Ontario Labor Relations Board in response to CUPE’s illegal strike action. Actions started last night and will continue today,” Education Minister Stephen Lacey said. “Nothing is more important right now than getting all students back into the classroom, and we will use every tool available to us to do so.”

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CUPE represents custodial and maintenance staff, education workers, administration staff, librarians and early childhood educators.

The CUPE workers joined were supported by several unions, including the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), whose 8,000 education workers joined the walkout on Friday.

CUPE has said its workers, who earn an average of $39,000 a year, are typically the lowest paid in schools.

– With files from The Canadian Press’ Alison Jones and Sharif Hasan


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