Schools in several boards across the province, including Toronto District School Board (TDSB), will be closed on Tuesday, January 21, as the union representing high school teachers stages another round of one-day strikes.
It’s the latest in the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation’s (OSSTF) series of rotating strikes during a contentious round of bargaining with the province.
In a release, OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof said the planned walkout on January 21 will be the last full withdrawal of services by OSSTF/FEESO members until after the secondary school exam period.
“Throughout this dispute we have made every effort to ensure that our job actions create minimal disruption for students,” said Bischof. “With that objective in mind, OSSTF/FEESO members will not engage in any work disruptions through the crucial exam period.”
TDSB Spokesman Ryan Bird says there are some exams currently scheduled for Tuesday and they will be rescheduled should the walkout happen.
The Ontario government announced Wednesday that it will provide up to $60 a day for child care during teacher strikes.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce said Wednesday the compensation would only apply if the strike actions close schools or school-based child care centres.