Learn about the current work situation on TVDSB websites and social networks: www.tvdsb.ca/LabourUpdates OSSTF is in negotiations with the Ontario government and the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) to secure a new collective agreement for high school teachers. Thames Valley will continue to communicate directly with parents/caregivers about ongoing work negotiations. As always, for work updates in progress, please visit www.tvdsb.ca/labourupdates and follow @tvdsb on Twitter and Facebook. Our CUPE employees are critical employees of the Thames Valley District School Board. We respect the negotiation process and we continue to hope that an agreement can be reached at the provincial negotiating table. A preliminary agreement has been announced between the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Ontario Elementary Teachers` Federation (ETFO) and the Ontario Public Schools Association (OPSBA), as well as education workers and the Council of Trust Associations (CTA). We also hope that an agreement can soon be reached at the provincial level. Most importantly, teachers will continue to focus on supporting students` learning needs. We understand the concerns of some parents/facilitators, students and staff.
We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information. You can find information and updates on our website: tvdsb.ca or on Twitter @tvdsb. We can also share more information electronically about School Messenger. When union activities begin, all schools will remain open and teachers and administrators will continue to focus on supporting student learning needs. After discussion and consideration of all options, the Thames Valley District School Board has decided to close schools to all students effective Monday, October 7, unless an agreement is reached before that date. If an agreement is reached, we will contact families as soon as possible when students can return to class. If no agreement is reached at the central bargaining table in Toronto by Friday, January 17, 2020, the union will begin rotating strikes on Monday, January 20, 2020, according to the union.