Labour Negotiations

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Parent Update: ETFO Strike Action

As you may know, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has been holding rotating, one-day full withdrawals of service at various school boards across the province.

We have been informed today that elementary teachers within our board are scheduled to withdraw their services this coming Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

As a result, all our elementary schools will be closed to students on January 28. Intermediate schools (Grades 7-8) within secondary schools will also be closed to students. Secondary students will attend school as usual that day. Student safety is always our first priority. We do not believe we can provide safe and secure learning environments for our elementary students in the absence of teachers.

We understand and appreciate that this situation is difficult for families.

Before and After-school programs at KPR elementary schools may choose to offer full-day programming on this day. Families who are currently served by these programs should discuss with their childcare operator if they would like to access this service. Parents may expect picketing at school sites. Our local teachers’ federation has indicated that parents accessing childcare facilities will not be delayed.

We will continue to monitor developments closely and should this situation change we will provide updates to parents through:

-       School Messenger

-       Local news media

-       Our website and social media platforms: www.kprschools.ca, @kprschools on Twitter, and Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board on Facebook.

Sincerely,

Diane Lloyd                                                      Jennifer Leclerc

Chairperson of the Board                            Director of Education

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 

Dear Parents/Guardians of KPR Elementary Students, 

I am writing to provide you with an update regarding your child’s Term One Report Card.

We know that teacher assessment and evaluation of student learning and achievement are an important part of the teaching and learning process. As part of its work-to-rule job sanctions, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has directed teachers not to create comments for report cards and not to enter grades electronically. Teachers’ electronic submission and verification of grades and comments are required to complete the report card process. As a result, along with public school boards across the province, we will be unable to provide students and families with Term One report cards.

This difficult decision was made after careful consideration, and thorough review of the processes, resources and time required to produce accurate Term One report cards. Simply put - the task of providing verified and accurate marks in report cards for roughly 24,000 students is not feasible. 

While report cards are not being distributed, teachers’ assessment and evaluation of student progress will continue throughout the year. Teachers will continue to communicate with families about their children’s education. If you have any concerns about your child’s learning or well-being, please contact your teacher.

For students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs), these will continue to be updated as per previous practice. If you have any questions regarding your child’s IEP, please contact the school.

I can appreciate that this news is disappointing for you. If we receive additional information from the province, we will provide it to you as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Leclerc
Director of Education

 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians of KPR elementary students,

As you may know, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) previously announced there would be full withdrawals of service (strike days) on a rotating basis throughout Ontario beginning January 20, if no agreement is reached with the province by then.

KPR schools will not be affected by the first planned strike day on January 20. Our schools will operate as usual this coming Monday. We will let families know about any planned strike days for our schools, once we are informed by ETFO.

Before and After-School programs at KPR elementary schools may choose to offer full-day programming in the event of a strike day. Families who are currently served by these programs should discuss with their childcare operator if they wish to access service in the event of a strike day.

We continue to have confidence in the professionalism of our teachers throughout the provincial negotiation process, and we value their work with students. We hope that an agreement can be reached soon, to avert further disruption to our students and families.

The most recent information can be found on our website www.kprschools.ca or follow us on Twitter @kprschools .

Thursday, January 9, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians of KPR elementary students,

We are writing to update you on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to our elementary teachers.

Currently, there are ongoing labour negotiations with education unions across Ontario.

As part of this provincial process, today the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have announced “Phase Three” of work-to-rule activities.  In addition to previously announced actions, effective Monday, January 13, ongoing work-to-rule activities will now include:

  • not planning or participating in any assemblies, except to provide supervision to students;

  • not participating in extracurricular activities except for those that are scheduled within the regular school day;

  • not participating in field trips;

  • not arriving at work any earlier than 30 minutes before the start of the instructional day for students

  • not remaining at the worksite later than 15 minutes after the end of the instructional day for students.

    Additionally, ETFO has announced that full withdrawals of service will begin on a rotating basis on January 20, 2020, if no agreement is reached by January 17, 2020. 

    We are, of course, very concerned about this possibility and know that parents share that concern.

    We continue to have confidence in the professionalism of our teachers throughout the negotiation process, and we value their work with students.  We hope that a provincial agreement can be reached soon that will avert disruption to our students and families.

    As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: www.kprschools.ca or follow us on Twitter @kprschools.

     

Secondary Schools Closed Wednesday December 18, 2019

As a result of a full withdrawal of service by secondary teachers on a rotating basis across the province, all KPR secondary schools will be closed Wednesday, December 18, 2019. 

Important note: Intermediate schools (Grades 7 and 8) within secondary school sites, and all elementary schools, will be open and operating as normal. Parents can expect picketing at secondary school sites. 

All schools are expected to be operating normally on Thursday, December 19. We will continue to keep parents informed of any further developments, through School Messenger and the home page of our website at kprschools.ca 

Friday, December 13, 2019 - Parent Update: OSSTF Strike Action – December 18

As you may know, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) members have been holding rotating, one-day full withdrawals of service at various school boards across the province.

We have been informed that teachers within our board are scheduled to withdraw their services this coming Wednesday, December 18, if a provincial agreement has not been reached by that date.

We are, of course, very concerned about this possibility and know that parents share that concern.

All of our secondary schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 18, if a provincial agreement is not reached.

Important note: intermediate schools (Grades 7 and 8) within secondary school sites, and all elementary schools, will be open and operating as normal. Parents can expect picketing at secondary school sites.

Student safety is always our first priority. We do not believe we can provide safe and secure learning environments for our secondary students in the absence of teachers.

Negotiations are continuing at the provincial level until then, and we remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon to avert disruption to our students and families.

We will continue to monitor developments closely and will provide confirmation to parents about school status for Wednesday, December 18, as soon as we are able. This will likely be on Tuesday, December 17 through:

-       School Messenger

-       Local news media

-       Our website and social media platforms: www.kprschools.ca, @kprschools on Twitter, and Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board on Facebook.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date on the most recent information by visiting www.kprschools.ca or by following us on Twitter @kprschools 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Update:  All KPR elementary and secondary schools are open tomorrow.  Secondary students/parents can expect information pickets before and after school and during lunch.

December 10 Update Emailed to Elementary Parents:

Dear Parents/Guardians of KPR Elementary Students,

We thought it would be valuable and timely to share an update on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to our elementary teachers.

Currently, there are ongoing labour negotiations with education unions across Ontario. These negotiations take place at both the provincial and local level.

As part of the provincial process, you may have seen recent media reports regarding a “Phase Two” of work-to-rule activities by Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) members across Ontario.

In addition to previously announced actions, ongoing work-to-rule activities will now include:

  • not serving as “Teacher in Charge” in the Principal’s absence

  • not collecting monies or participating in the collection of monies for school-based activities, except those for charitable causes

  • not planning any new field trips scheduled to occur before June 30, 2020.

    Work-to-rule activities that began November 26 will continue, including:

  • not completing Term 1 Report Cards (student marks will be available, but not comments)

  • not participating in professional development activities that are board or provincially directed, beyond the school day

  • not participating in EQAO-related activities

  • withdrawing from other administrative duties.

    Important point: school events that were already planned, including field trips, sports and extracurricular activities, are expected to continue.

    We continue to have confidence in the professionalism of our teachers throughout the negotiation process, and we value their work with students.

    We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon.

    Most importantly, teachers will continue to focus on and support the learning needs of students, and parents can contact their child’s teacher to ask any questions they may have regarding their child’s education.

    We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information.

    As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: www.kprschools.ca or follow us on Twitter @kprschools.  

    Tuesday, December 3, 2019

    Secondary Schools Closed Wednesday

    Unfortunately, as a result of a full withdrawal of service by secondary teachers across the province, all KPR secondary schools will be closed Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

    Important note: intermediate schools (Grades 7 and 8) within secondary school sites, and all elementary schools, will be open and operating as normal. Parents can expect picketing at secondary school sites.

    All schools are expected to be operating normally on Thursday, December 5. We will continue to keep parents informed of any further developments, through School Messenger and the home page of our website at kprschools.ca 

    Friday, November 29, 2019

    Parent Update: OSSTF Strike Action – December 4

    You may have seen media reports yesterday that Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) members across Ontario have announced plans for a one-day full withdrawal of service on Wednesday, December 4, if a provincial agreement has not been reached by that date.

    We are, of course, very concerned about this possibility and know that parents share that concern.

    We want to inform parents that if an agreement is not reached, and teachers engage in this one-day withdrawal of service, all secondary schools will be closed to students on that day.

    Important note: intermediate schools (Grades 7 and 8) within secondary school sites, and all elementary schools, will be open and operating as normal. Parents can expect picketing at secondary school sites.

    Student safety is always our first priority. We do not believe we can provide safe and secure learning environments for students in the absence of teachers.

    Negotiations are continuing at the provincial level until then, and we remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon that will avert disruption to our students and families.

    We will continue to monitor developments closely and will provide confirmation to parents about school status for Wednesday, December 4, as soon as we are able. This will likely be on Tuesday evening, through:

    -        School Messenger

    -        Local news media

    -        Our website and social media platforms: www.kprschools.ca, @kprschools on Twitter, and Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board on Facebook.

    We encourage you to stay up-to-date on the most recent information by visiting www.kprschools.ca or by following us on Twitter @kprschools 

    Friday, November 22, 2019

    Dear Parents/Guardians of KPR students,

    We thought it would be valuable and timely to share an update on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to our secondary teachers.

    Currently, there are ongoing labour negotiations with education unions across Ontario. These negotiations take place at both the provincial and local level. At the provincial level, the government and the trustees’ associations negotiate the issues that have the greatest monetary effect, and they apply to all school boards across the province. At the local level, individual school boards bargain directly with their local unions on issues that are unique to each school board, such as the way we fill staff positions or plan professional development and leadership opportunities.  

    As part of this process, you may have seen recent media reports regarding strike action by Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) members across Ontario.

    It is our understanding that secondary teachers will begin a number of legal sanctions this Tuesday, November 26, 2019. 

    Among other actions, these activities will include:

    ·         establishing, at times, information pickets before and after school, and lunch hours, to share information to the public. We have been informed that these picket lines                will  NOT stop people or vehicles from entering school property,

    ·         not providing student comments on report cards,

    ·         not participating in EQAO preparation or testing,

    ·         not participating in Board professional development activities.

    School activities such as field trips, sports and extracurricular activities are expected to continue.

    We understand that parents have concerns about any possible job actions at school. We want to assure you that we believe normal school operations for students can and will continue on November 26.

    We continue to have confidence in the professionalism of our teachers throughout the negotiation process, and we value their work with students. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon.

    Most importantly, teachers will continue to focus on and support the learning needs of students, and parents can contact their child’s teacher to ask any questions they may have regarding their child’s education.

    We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information.

    We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

    As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: www.kprschools.ca or follow us on Twitter @kprschools. 

    Sincerely,                                                                       

    Diane Lloyd                                  Jennifer Leclerc

    Chairperson of the Board               Director of Education

     

    Friday, November 15, 2019

    Dear Parents/Guardians of KPR students,

    We thought it would be valuable and timely to share an update on the status of the provincial labour situation, specifically with respect to our elementary teachers.

    Currently, there are ongoing labour negotiations with education unions across Ontario. These negotiations take place at both the provincial and local level. At the provincial level, the government and the trustees’ associations negotiate the issues that have the greatest monetary effect, and they apply to all school boards across the province. At the local level, individual school boards bargain directly with their local unions on issues that are unique to each school board, such as the way we fill staff positions or plan professional development and leadership opportunities.   

    As part of this process, you may have seen recent media reports regarding strike action by Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) members across Ontario.

    It is our understanding that elementary teachers will begin legal “work to rule” activities Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

    Among other actions, these work-to-rule activities include:

    ·         not completing Term 1 Report Cards (student marks will be available, but not comments)

    ·         not participating in professional development activities that are board or provincially directed, beyond the school day

    ·         not participating in EQAO-related activities

    ·         other administrative duties.

    School activities such as field trips, sports and extracurricular activities are expected to continue.

    We understand that parents have concerns about any possible job actions at school. We want to assure you that we believe normal school operations for students can and will continue on November 26.

    We continue to have confidence in the professionalism of our teachers throughout the negotiation process, and we value their work with students. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon.

    Most importantly, teachers will continue to focus on and support the learning needs of students, and parents can contact their child’s teacher to ask any questions they may have regarding their child’s education.

    We will continue to follow this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information.

    We remain hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached soon.

    As always, the most recent information or updates can be found on our website: www.kprschools.ca or follow us on Twitter @kprschools.  

    Sincerely,

    Diane Lloyd                                                       Jennifer Leclerc

    Chairperson of the Board                                 Director of Education

     

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019

     

    BOARD AND CUPE ANNOUNCE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

    The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and CUPE Local 5555 are pleased to announce that they have reached a new, tentative collective agreement.

    The new three year agreement is based on the provincial framework and also incorporates collectively bargained local issues and workplace considerations.

    “With the Provincial Bargaining process and the current climate that we face, it is not an easy task to get a local agreement that meets the needs of all of our members,” says Ron Maguire, President of CUPE local 5555. “We are pleased that both sides worked hard to find common ground, so that an agreement could be reached, making us one of only a handful of CUPE Education locals in the province with a local tentative agreement.”  

    “We thank the representatives from CUPE for the positive and respectful approach they brought to these negotiations. On a number of local issues, we have found common ground that will benefit all,” says Diane Lloyd, Chairperson, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. “The dedication and commitment of our CUPE staff are crucial for the operation of our schools and the success of our students.”

    Ratification votes for both parties will happen at a later date.