Schools to close again this Friday, February 28th

                          Friday, February 21st, 1300 teachers marched in Owen Sound
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) have announced that a one-day full withdrawal of services will be occurring at select school boards across the province on Friday, February 28, 2020.  According to the notice the Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) received from OSSTF, Bluewater will again be included among these select boards.   
In BWDSB, OSSTF members include secondary teachers and education workers (educational assistants, early childhood educators, office professionals and technicians, and professional student services personnel).  BWDSB says that, “As there are many critically important functions performed by these various employee groups, a full withdrawal of services will impede our ability to ensure the safety and well-being of our students at all grade levels.”     
As a result, ALL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS in Bluewater District School Board will be closed to students on Friday, February 28, 2020.  
Third party child care centres will remain open on this date, and Community Education evening programs will continue to run.  School based co-op placements will be cancelled, however, external co-op placements can continue.  There will be no bus transportation for Bluewater District School Board students.  Before and after/extended day school programs will be cancelled.
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February 21st Province-wide Strike (Owen Sound)
In addition, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have provided notice that they will begin work-to-rule phase 6 job action across the province on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Effective Wednesday, February 26, 2020, ETFO members will:
  • do only their scheduled teaching and supervision assignments during their regular instructional time.  Teacher and occasional teacher members will not agree to, or participate in, any additions/modifications to their schedule, with the exception of attending meetings to support students with special needs or to discuss student safety.
Effective Wednesday, February 26, 2020, all ETFO members will:
NOT do any coverage for absent members, regardless of the reason for the absence
(except in the case of an occasional teacher hired to replace an absent teacher).
NOT accept/disperse students from/to other classrooms when a member is absent, regardless of the reason for the absence.  (Note: If a member requires coverage for any reason, it is the responsibility of the school administration to arrange that coverage.)
NOT miss their regularly scheduled planning or preparation time.
NOT spend personal funds to purchase instructional materials or resources for students, the classroom, the school or the board.
NOT upload data related to assessments on board systems.  Teacher and occasional teacher members will continue to do assessments using their professional judgement.  Members may complete assessments for supports and/or funding for students with special needs or ELL students.
All ETFO members will continue to focus on the following:
  • planning;
  • instruction of students;
  • assessment and evaluation;
  • scheduled supervision; and
  • communication with parents/guardians.