Peel board schools to remain closed from October 7 due to CUPE strike
The Peel District School board has announced that all schools will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, on occasion of the CUPE strike, unless a provincial agreement is made.
In a press release, the board said, “In the Peel District School Board, CUPE members- administrative assistants, food service workers, library technicians, and custodial, maintenance and audio/visual repair staff- play an important safety role. They are responsible for daily health and safety checks, help when busing issues arise, and provide support that helps keep students and staff safe, and schools running smoothly.”
It added, “Beginning Oct. 7, 2019, please do not send your child to school. You do not need to call in your child’s absence. Since we do not know how long the strike will last, we recommend that you begin making alternate plans for the care of your children, in the event that a strike proceeds.”
If a settlement is reached over the weekend or the CUPE strike is suspended, schools will be open in October 7. However, whenever the strike ends, before-school programs will not operate on the first day back, while after-school programs will run when schools re-open. Child care programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will open at 8.30 am on the first day back.
The status of schools will vary as per their schools boards, depending on which employee groups is represented by CUPE.