Dear Parents & Guardians:

As you may be aware, the Ontario government and education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees – Ontario – (CUPE) continue to negotiate in hopes of reaching a deal that works for all.
On Wednesday, November 16th, CUPE served five days’ notice that if no contract is reached, their workers would be on strike effective Monday, November 21, 2022.
CUPE and the government have negotiation dates scheduled up to and including Sunday November 20, 2022.  It is our hope that a deal will be reached before Monday’s strike date and kids can come to school as normal.
The WCDSB has more than 1,200 staff represented by CUPE, in multiple different roles in schools.
As before — given such a large number of potentially absent staff, should a strike occur, it will not be possible to safely open and operate our schools.
If a strike occurs, and schools are closed to in-person attendance, we will move directly to synchronous remote learning.
Chromebooks will be available to students who need them in advance of any school closure.
In the event of a strike, St. Louis Adult Learning classes will continue to run, but St. Louis site offices will be closed.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to ensure the learning of all students keeps moving forward.
We will keep you updated as further information becomes available.
Please monitor our website: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/