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Labour Update #6 – 20191211 (5:00 a.m.)

A reminder to families that all schools (elementary and secondary) are CLOSED to students today, Wednesday, December 11, 2019. As well, Before and After School child care programs, community use rentals and all other activities are cancelled

The Catholic Education Centre, 322 Fairview Drive, Brantford, ON N3R 2X6 is OPEN to the public today, Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

Please continue to visit this page for updates and information as it happens.

With thanks,

Chair of the Board, Rick Petrella

 

Labour Update #5 - 20191206 (4:14 pm)

Due to notification of a second scheduled OSSTF walkout at BHNCDSB, trustees have decided again that, in order to ensure student safety, schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 if an agreement between OSSTF and the Province has not been reached.

We are disappointed that, at this time an agreement has not been reached and share in parents’ frustration during this period of labour unrest. As always student safety and well-being is priority one for the trustees and in order to ensure student safety we are forced to close our schools once again as a result of this job action.

We understand that this may be difficult for families and wanted to share this decision as soon as possible so that you have time to arrange alternate care for your children if required.

What if OSSTF comes to an agreement with the Province before December 11, 2019?

If an agreement between OSSTF and the Province is reached before December 11, 2019, schools will be open and transportation will be running.

Is there still Before or After Child Care services?

No, all Before and After Child Care programs have been cancelled. As well, EarlyON drop in centres are closed.

Will the full-day childcare businesses that operate inside the school be open?

Schools that have dedicated full day child care programs operating on their sites will be open to the provider’s families only. They operate as businesses within the school footprint and are not affected by the OSSTF one-day walkout.

Thank you and please continue to visit this page for updates and information as it happens.

With thanks,

Chair of the Board, Rick Petrella

 

Labour Update #4 - 20191204

A reminder to families that all schools (elementary and secondary) are CLOSED to students today, Wednesday, December 4, 2019. As well, Before and After School child care programs, community use rentals and all other activities are cancelled

The Catholic Education Centre, 322 Fairview Drive, Brantford, ON N3R 2X6 is OPEN to the public today, Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Please continue to visit this page for updates and information as it happens.

With thanks,

Chair of the Board, Rick Petrella

 

Labour Update #3 - 20191129 7:30 p.m.

At a Special Meeting of the Board this evening, trustees have decided that, in order to ensure student safety, schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 if an agreement between OSSTF and the Province has not been reached.

We understand that this may be difficult for families and wanted to share this decision as soon as possible so that you have time to arrange alternate care for your children if required.

What if OSSTF comes to an agreement with the Province before December 4, 2019?

  • If an agreement between OSSTF and the Province is reached before December 4, 2019, schools will be open and transportation will be running.

Is there still Before or After Child Care services?

  • No, all Before and After Child Care programs have been cancelled. As well, EarlyON drop in centres are closed.

Will the full-day childcare businesses that operate inside the school be open?

  • Schools that have dedicated full day child care programs operating on their sites will be open to the provider’s families only. They operate as businesses within the school footprint and are not affected by the OSSTF one-day walkout.

Thank you and please continue to visit this page for updates and information as it happens.

With thanks,
Chair of the Board, Rick Petrella

Labour Update #2 - 20191129

We have been provided notice that, as a result of lack of progress in negotiations with the province, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), has planned a one-day walkout scheduled for Wednesday, December 4, 2019. This one-day walkout will involve all support staff.

What does this mean for BHNCDSB?

A one-day walkout means that:

  • Cleaners
  • Clerical Staff
  • Child and Youth Workers
  • Caretakers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Educational Assistants
  • Information Technology Staff
  • Library Resource Technician
  • Maintenance Workers

...will not report to work on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Will the schools remain open to students?

  • A special meeting of the Board of Trustees has been scheduled for this evening at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the impact of the one-day walkout and decide if schools can offer programs or if BHNCDSB will close schools to students. Meeting decisions will be posted on the Board website.

When will I know if schools are open or closed?

  • If it is determined that, in order to ensure the health and safety of all students schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, notice will be provided on the Board and school websites and shared via Twitter (@bhncdsb) as soon as possible.

What if schools are scheduled to be closed to students on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 but OSSTF comes to an agreement with the Province?

  • If an agreement between OSSTF and the Province is reached schools will be open and transportation will be running.

If schools are closed, will Before and After School Child Care programs or programs like EarlyON still run?

  • No, all activity will be cancelled.

My child attends full day child care at a school site. If the schools are closed, will the child care business that operate full day child care programs open?

  • Schools that have dedicated full day child care programs operating on their sites will be open to the provider’s families only. The operate as businesses within the school footprint and are not affected by the OSSTF one-day walkout.

We thank you for your understanding and compassion as we continue to navigate through this part of the collective bargaining process between OSSTF and the Province.

-Chair of the Board, Rick Petrella

 

Labour Update #1 - 20191122

Letter from the Chair of the Board

To our families,

I am reaching out to you to advise you that the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), the union representing our:

  • Cleaners 
  • Clerical Staff 
  • Child and Youth Workers 
  • Caretakers 
  • Early Childhood Educators 
  • Educational Assistants 
  • Information Technology Staff 
  • Library Resource Technician 
  • Maintenance Workers 

have provided notification that they will begin the withdrawal of administrative support services on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. We have been informed that while they have announced the withdrawal of administrative services, they are continuing to bargain with the Province. Our teachers are not represented by OSSTF, but rather the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA).

What does this mean for our families?

  • Beginning Tuesday, November 26, 2019 we may experience rotating information pickets where OSSTF staff provide information to people accessing our sites during non-instructional hours. We are told that this activity will not significantly inhibit access to or from our schools and building. Information pickets will not affect activity in the classroom.

How long will this last?

  • At this time, we are unsure of how long the OSSTF administrative services withdrawal will last but it is important to understand that while we respect the bargaining process, the safety of our students is our priority.

Will the withdrawal of service change?

  • There is the possibility that the withdrawal of service may change; however, at this time it is not impacting students in the classroom.

Will I still have Before and After School Child Care Services?

  • Yes, at this time all Before and After School Child Care is open and running as usual.

How is the Board going to communicate more information?

  • Beginning Tuesday, November, 26, 2019 all information relating to OSSTF labour activity will be communicated by the Mr. Rick Petrella, the Chair of the Board and posted on the BHNCDSB’s website (www.bhncdsb.ca | www.catholiceducation.ca)

We thank you for your understanding and compassion as we navigate through this part of the collective bargaining process between OSSTF and the Province.

With thanks and God bless,

~ Rick Petrella, Chair of the Board

 

Labour Information - 20191120

With much news, pertaining to education in the Province of Ontario, circulating we want to inform that should it become necessary for BHNCDSB to share information with families and the community, this page will be used to house all messages and information pertaining to our sites and programs. The information will display in reverse chronological order to ensure that our latest messaging is easily viewed.