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February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020 UPDATE – 5:00 p.m.

Ottawa Catholic Schools WILL BE OPEN on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Suspension of Rotating One-Day Full Withdrawals of Service

The Ottawa Catholic School Board received notice late this afternoon the Province and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) will return to the Central Bargaining Table on Monday, February 24, 2020. 

And as such, OECTA is suspending its one-day full withdrawal of service scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2020. OCSB schools will be open. 

Ottawa Student Transportation Authority –  Bus Service
Buses will operate per usual.

Regular Programming Will Continue
All regular school day activities, Co-op, OYAP, Dual Credit, home instruction, extra-curricular activities, field trips, and clubs will be operational. 

What About Child Care Programming?
Before and after school programs will be open. All Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation Toddler and Preschool programs and all EarlyOn Centres will be open and will operate according to their regular hours. 

Parent Information
We will continue to monitor the progress of negotiations and provide regular labour updates through our website, social media channels and directly with families through School Messenger to keep you up-to-date regarding labour negotiations.https://www.ocsb.ca/labour/

Thank You
We thank you for your patience and understanding. This new development is good news for our students, families, teachers and the greater school community.

February 21, 2020 

Schools Closed Tuesday, February 25, 2020

All Ottawa Catholic School Board Schools (OCSB) will be closed Tuesday, February 25, 2020, unless an agreement between the Province and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) is reached. The closure affects all OCSB Elementary, Intermediate and Secondary schools. 

No Bus Service
There will be no bus or van transportation for Catholic students. 

Why?
OECTA is participating in one-day rotating strike action on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Schools re-open on Wednesday, February 26.

What Else is Affected by the One-day Strike?
The one-day closure also includes all regular school day activities, Co-op, OYAP, Dual Credit, home instruction, extra-curricular activities, field trips, and clubs. 

Community Use of Schools
OCSB Community Use of Schools programming is NOT affected by the one-day provincial strike.  

What About Child Care Programming?
Before and after school programs will be cancelled for the day. However, all Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation Toddler and Preschool programs and all EarlyOn Centres will be open and will operate according to their regular hours. A list showing the status of individual child care programs is below on this page. 

Government Reimbursement
Parents who wish to apply for government reimbursement for child care costs related to labour unrest may direct their questions to the Support for Parents Helpline at https://www.ontario.ca/page/education-contract-talks-stay-updated

Negotiations Update
OECTA did meet with representatives from the Central Bargaining table on Wednesday and Thursday ( Feb19-20/2020). Those talks were described as respectful, and both sides have agreed to keep the lines of communication open. This news is hopeful.

Parent Information
We will continue to monitor the progress of negotiations and provide regular labour updates through our website, social media channels and directly with families through School Messenger to keep you up-to-date regarding labour negotiations.

Thank You
We recognize labour unrest causes difficulties for students and their families. We thank you for your patience as the collective bargaining process continues.

February 14, 2020

Schools Closed Friday, February 21, 2020

You are receiving this email to make you aware all Ottawa Catholic School Board Schools (OCSB) will be closed Friday, February 21, 2020, unless an agreement is reached between the Province and OECTA. The closure affects all OCSB Elementary, Intermediate and Secondary schools. 

No Bus Service

There will be no bus or van transportation for Catholic students. 

Why?

OECTA will join all teachers’ unions in Ontario in a province-wide, one-day withdrawal of services on Friday, February 21, 2020.

All Ottawa Catholic Schools will re-open on Monday, February 24, 2020. 

What Else is Affected by the One-day Strike?

The one-day closure also includes all regular school day activities, Co-op, OYAP, Dual Credit, home instruction, extra-curricular activities, field trips, and clubs. OCSB Community Use of Schools programming is NOT affected by the one-day provincial strike.  

What About Child Care Programming?

Before and after school programs will be cancelled for the day. However, all Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation Toddler and Preschool programs and all EarlyOn Centres will be open and will operate according to their regular hours. (A list showing the status of individual child care programs is posted on our Board website at https://www.ocsb.ca/labour.)

Government Reimbursement

Parents who wish to apply for government reimbursement for child care costs related to labour unrest may direct their questions to the Support for Parents Helpline at https://www.ontario.ca/page/education-contract-talks-stay-updated

Labour Updates

We will continue to monitor the progress of negotiations and provide regular labour updates through our website, social media channels and directly with families through School Messenger to keep you up-to-date regarding labour negotiations.https://www.ocsb.ca/labour/

Resolution

We remain hopeful a fair and respectful resolution will be reached at the Central Provincial bargaining table in the near future. We want to wish all of you, and the members of your families, a happy, memorable, restful and safe Family Day.

February 14, 2020

Schools Closed Friday, February 21, 2020

You are receiving this email to make you aware all Ottawa Catholic School Board Schools (OCSB) will be closed Friday, February 21, 2020, unless an agreement is reached between the Province and OECTA. The closure affects all OCSB Elementary, Intermediate and Secondary schools. 

No Bus Service

There will be no bus or van transportation for Catholic students. 

Why?

OECTA will join all teachers’ unions in Ontario in a province-wide, one-day withdrawal of services on Friday, February 21, 2020.

All Ottawa Catholic Schools will re-open on Monday, February 24, 2020. 

What Else is Affected by the One-day Strike?

The one-day closure also includes all regular school day activities, Co-op, OYAP, Dual Credit, home instruction, extra-curricular activities, field trips, and clubs. OCSB Community Use of Schools programming is NOT affected by the one-day provincial strike.  

What About Child Care Programming?

Before and after school programs will be cancelled for the day. However, all Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation Toddler and Preschool programs and all EarlyOn Centres will be open and will operate according to their regular hours. (A list showing the status of individual child care programs is posted on our Board website at https://www.ocsb.ca/labour.)

Government Reimbursement

Parents who wish to apply for government reimbursement for child care costs related to labour unrest may direct their questions to the Support for Parents Helpline at https://www.ontario.ca/page/education-contract-talks-stay-updated

Labour Updates

We will continue to monitor the progress of negotiations and provide regular labour updates through our website, social media channels and directly with families through School Messenger to keep you up-to-date regarding labour negotiations.https://www.ocsb.ca/labour/

Resolution

We remain hopeful a fair and respectful resolution will be reached at the Central Provincial bargaining table in the near future. We want to wish all of you, and the members of your families, a happy, memorable, restful and safe Family Day.

January 28, 2020

All Ottawa Catholic School Board Schools (OCSB) will be closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. There will be no bus or van transportation for Catholic students on that day. The closure affects all OCSB Elementary, Intermediate and Secondary schools. 

Why?

Today we received notice OECTA will take part in another, one day, province-wide, full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. All Ottawa Catholic Schools will re-open the next day, Wednesday, February 5, 2020. 

What Else is Affected by the One-day Strike?

The one-day closure also includes all regular school day activities, Co-op, OYAP, dual credit, home instruction, extra-curricular activities, field trips, and clubs. The Community Use of Schools programming is NOT affected by the one-day provincial strike.  

What About Child Care Programming?

Before and after school programs will be cancelled for the day. However, all Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation Toddler and Preschool programs and all EarlyOn Centres will be open and will operate according to their regular hours. (A list showing the status of individual child care programs is posted below.)

Government Reimbursement

Parents who wish to apply for government reimbursement for child care costs related to labour unrest may direct their questions to the Support for Parents Helpline at  https://www.ontario.ca/page/education-contract-talks-stay-updated

Labour Updates

We will provide regular labour updates through our website, social media channels and via School Messenger to keep you up-to-date regarding labour negotiations.

Thank you

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we deal with labour disruptions. We remain hopeful the central bargaining table will reconvene and a  resolution can be reached.

 

January 17, 2020

We are writing to provide clarification on the proposed labour disruptions scheduled for next week in Ottawa. We understand this a confusing and stressful time in education in our province.

All Ottawa Catholic School Board Schools are OPEN on Monday, January 20, 2020. Buses are running for OCSB students and all regular school day activities will continue as planned.

However, we do encourage you to make alternative child care arrangements (if required) for Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Our teachers are members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and they are scheduled to participate in a one-day provincial strike.

This means ALL OCSB Elementary, Intermediate and Secondary schools will be CLOSED and all student transportation will be cancelled for OCSB students. Classes will resume the next day January 22, 2020. There is NO CHANGE to the high school exam schedule. High School exams will take place between January 23 through January 29, 2020.

The one day closure also includes all regular school day activities, Co-op, OYAP, dual credit, home instruction, extra-curricular activities, field trips, and clubs.

Before and after school programs will be cancelled for the day. However, all Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation Toddler and Preschool programs and all EarlyOn Centres will be open and will operate according to their regular hours.

Parents who wish to apply for government reimbursement for child care costs related to labour unrest may direct their questions to the Support for Parents Helpline at 888-444-3770 or
https://www.iaccess.gov.on.ca/ParentAppWeb/parentapp/index.xhtml

We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached at the central bargaining table when they reconvene. We will continue to provide timely labour updates through our website, social media channels and via School Messenger to keep you up-to-date regarding labour negotiations.

January 15, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has given notice they will hold a one-day, province-wide strike on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, if a deal is not reached at the provincial bargaining table.
If a strike by OECTA does occur, all Ottawa Catholic schools (K-12) will be closed for students as of Tuesday, January 21.

Services taking place in our schools will be affected as follows:

Classes and Transportation

All schools will be closed for students
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) will cancel all transportation for Ottawa Catholic schools

Child care and before and after school care

All Extended Day Programs (EDP) in our schools and all child care programs for Kindergarten and school age children operated by the Ottawa Catholic Child Care. Corporation will be cancelled. As per our policies, parents will be reimbursed for any closures exceeding 3 days annually.
All Toddler and Preschool programs operated by the Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation will not be affected and will continue to operate normally.
All Early On centre programming will be open.

January 13, 2020

All Ottawa Catholic Schools Are Open On Wednesday, January 15, 2020

All Ottawa Catholic School Board Schools will be open on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and all school activities will continue as regularly scheduled.

Today we learned the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) would engage in a one-day, province-wide, full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, if no agreement is reached. If there is a full withdrawal of services, all OCSB schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

We will continue to provide timely labour updates through our website, social media channels and via School Messenger to keep you up-to-date regarding labour negotiations.

As a Catholic School Board, we remain committed to maintaining a cordial and respectful relationship with our local OECTA union.

January 10, 2020

Negotiations with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) and the Province adjourned without an agreement. Since no deal was reached, OECTA members will commence administrative job action beginning this Monday, January 13, 2020.

Administrative job action includes not entering comments on report cards, not participating in EQAO-related activities such as the Grade 9 Math Assessment, not attending or participating in the Ministry of Education initiatives, and not attending staff meetings.

Our educators are caring professionals who will continue to provide a safe, welcoming learning environment for your children. Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) teachers have not announced any rotating strikes or that they will withdraw from extracurricular activities at this point. We do, however, expect information pickets to be at our schools on Monday, January 13, 2020, before and after school.

OCSB teachers do not belong to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and will not participate in the one-day high school teachers strike scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

As a Catholic School Board, we remain prayerful a negotiated settlement can be reached soon. We will continue to maintain a respectful relationship with our local OECTA Ottawa Unit. Our commitment to you is we will provide timely labour updates through our website, social media channels and via School Messenger.

January 9, 2020,  10:05 am

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) represents all Catholic teachers locally and provincially. Negotiations between the province and OECTA  are scheduled for today, Thursday, January 9 and tomorrow, Friday, January 10.

However, if a tentative agreement is not reached before Monday, January 13, OECTA will begin administrative job action (partial withdrawal of services) across the province including in Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) schools. These measures consist of not attending staff meetings, not participating in EQAO-related activities, and not inputting comments on report cards.  

It is important to note that whether an agreement is reached or not, all OCSB schools will remain open on Monday, January 13, and regular classroom instruction will continue. We maintain open and respectful communication with our local OECTA Ottawa Unit.  We are hopeful that a new central agreement with Catholic teachers will be reached soon. We do anticipate information pickets at our schools on Monday.    

As a Catholic School Board, we remain committed to the labour negotiations process. We will continue to keep you up to date as we receive news from the provincial negotiations table through our website, social media channels and via School Messenger.

January 1, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, All Ottawa Catholic School Board Schools (OCSB) Will Be Closed, and Student Transportation Cancelled (OSTA)
All Ottawa Catholic School Board Elementary, Intermediate and Secondary schools will be closed tomorrow – Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Student transportation will also be cancelled for OCSB students.

Classes resume on January 22, 2020.

Why
Our teachers are members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and they are participating in a one-day provincial strike.

What Else is Affected by the One-day Strike
The one-day closure also includes all regular school day activities, Co-op, OYAP, dual credit, home instruction, extra-curricular activities, field trips, and clubs. The Community Use of Schools programming is NOT affected by the one-day provincial strike.

What About Child Care Programming
Before and after school programs will be cancelled for the day. As per our policies, parents will be reimbursed for any closures exceeding 3 days annually. However, all Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation Toddler and Preschool programs and all EarlyOn Centres will be open and will operate according to their regular hours.

High School Exams Are Not Affected
There is NO CHANGE to the high school exam schedule. High School exams will take place between January 23 through January 29, 2020.

Government Reimbursement
Parents who wish to apply for government reimbursement for child care costs related to labour unrest may direct their questions to the Support for Parents Helpline at 888-444-3770 or https://www.ontario.ca/page/education-contract-talks-stay-updated

Labour Updates
We will provide regular labour updates through our website, social media channels and via School Messenger to keep you up-to-date regarding labour negotiations.

Thank you
Thank you for your continued support as we move through the labour disruption process. We pray a resolution can be settled at the central bargaining table when they reconvene.