UPDATE: Schools to close Friday: Public elementary teachers walking off the job
The district school boards in Toronto, York Region, Durham Region and Peel have announced that public elementary schools will be closed on Friday, January 11th as long as teachers walk off the job as currently planned.
ETFO union president Sam Hammond announced Wednesday that teachers will hold a one-day protest.
Teachers in Toronto plan to picket starting at 10 a.m Friday outside of schools, school board offices, the ministry of education, and office of local Liberal leadership candidates. The formal pickets are expected to last until 12:30 p.m.
Picket lines in York region will form outside of school board and political offices from 8:30 a.m until 1 p.m.
Officials at the TDSB say 474 elementary and junior schools will close as well as the daycares that they house because the board can't promise adequate supervision. The board is asking parents to make alternate plans.
The TDSB says its teachers will be paid for the day so those who show up will take part in a PD day and catch up on marking
The NDP education critic has responded to news of the protest.
"From the beginning, New Democrats have said the government’s simplistic and unconstitutional plan would create chaos in our schools, and that's exactly what's happening," said NDP Education critic Peter Tabuns. "As we saw today with Ontario’s public servants, it’s possible to reach agreements that work for everyone when real conversations are able to take place. Instead, we have turmoil in schools and kids are paying the price.”
Watch a video of Hammond's announcement: