French Schools Closed and Transportation cancelled Thursday, February 13th 2020

STRIKE ACTION - Image depositphotos.com
STRIKE ACTION - Image depositphotos.com

THUNDER BAY – The union representing Ontario’s French-language teachers (AEFO) recently announced its next phase of pressure tactics and issued a strike notice for Thursday, February 13, 2020.

As a result, our schools will be closed on that day as we will not be able to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. Unless an agreement is reached, classes and school transportation will be canceled for the day of February 13th for the following schools:

  • ÉSC de La Vérendrye, Thunder Bay
  • École catholique Franco-Supérieur, Thunder Bay
  • École catholique de l’Enfant-Jésus, Dryden
  • École catholique des Étoiles-du-Nord, Red Lake
  • École catholique Franco-Terrace, Terrace Bay
  • École catholique Val-des-Bois, Marathon
  • École Immaculée-Conception, Ignace
  • École Notre-Dame-de-Fatima, Longlac
  • École St-Joseph, Geraldton

Parents are strongly encouraged to make alternate arrangements for child-care on February 13th. Daycares located within our schools will remain open. AEFO also indicates that the one-day strikes (school closures) will occur weekly.

For regular updates, parents can refer to our website and click on the “Negotiations” tab or visit our Facebook page.

The Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales covers the entire Northwestern region of Ontario and includes nine elementary schools and one high school.

Statement from Minister of Education

Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement in response to continued escalation by the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF):

“Continued escalation of job action by the teachers’ unions has gone on far too long. Students across the province are being hurt by the withdrawal of services and loss of classroom time.

Parents expect all parties to meet at the negotiating table and have meaningful, student-centric discussions. I call on union leadership to continue to work with us, in good-faith, to end these strikes, and focus on reaching a deal that keeps our students in the classroom where they belong.”

The Keewatin Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) and Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales (CSDCAB) have advised of job action and school closures next week if provincial agreements are not reached with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO). Please check your board and school websites for further details and updated notices.

  • Tuesday, February 11 – All KPDSB elementary schools (JK to Grade 8) will be closed to students as a result of ETFO job action.
  • Thursday, February 13 – All KPDSB elementary schools (JK to Grade 8) will be closed to students as a result of ETFO job action & all CSDCAB schools will be closed to students as a result of AEFO job action.

When schools are closed to students, bus service to these schools will be CANCELLED for the day.  Bus service to all other schools will operate as scheduled, and regular service will resume when schools reopen.

Please visit www.nwobus.ca for further information

Écoles fermées et transport annulé le jeudi 13 février 2020

Thunder Bay – L’association des enseignantes et des enseignantes franco-ontariens (AEFO) qui représente le personnel enseignant de notre Conseil a annoncé récemment sa prochaine phase de moyens de pression et a émis un avis de grève d’un jour pour le jeudi 13 février 2020.

Ainsi, nous ne serons pas en mesure d’assurer la sécurité et le bien-être des élèves et devrons par conséquent fermer nos écoles aux élèves. À moins qu’une entente n’intervienne d’ici là, les classes et le transport scolaire seront annulés pour la journée du 13 février, pour tous les élèves des écoles suivantes :

  • ÉSC de La Vérendrye, Thunder Bay
  • École catholique Franco-Supérieur, Thunder Bay
  • École catholique de l’Enfant-Jésus, Dryden
  • École catholique des Étoiles-du-Nord, Red Lake
  • École catholique Franco-Terrace, Terrace Bay
  • École catholique Val-des-Bois, Marathon
  • École Immaculée-Conception, Ignace
  • École Notre-Dame-de-Fatima, Longlac
  • École St-Joseph, Geraldton

Les parents sont fortement encouragés à prévoir un plan alternatif pour la garde de leurs enfants pour la journée du 13 février. Les garderies situées dans les écoles demeureront ouvertes. L’AEFO indique aussi qu’il y aura une journée de grève (annulation des classes) toutes les semaines.

Nous informons régulièrement de la situation les parents à travers l’onglet

« Négociations » de notre site Internet et sur les pages Facebook du Conseil et de ses écoles.

Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales couvre toute la région du Nord-Ouest de l’Ontario et comprend neuf écoles élémentaires et une école secondaire.