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Friday December 14th, 2012

Posted at 1:57pm

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The Greater Essex County District School Board has sent home a letter with students concerning the possibility of a teacher walkout on Tuesday December 18th.

The full text of the letter is below:

Dear Parents / Guardians
There is a strong possibility that our elementary teachers have chosen Tuesday,
December 18th to stage a one day walkout strike action. In this case schools will be
closed to elementary students on that day and their transportation will be cancelled.
When official confirmation of this date is communicated by the union (possibly not until
Saturday, December 15th) we suggest you monitor local media for updates. The Board
will post the information on our website publicboard.ca as well as the websites of each
elementary school. You should also receive a phone call through an automated service
which will confirm the date of this one day walkout and we will communicate through
our Twitter account: @gecdsbpro.

On the day of the strike, schools will be closed to students. Regular classes and
transportation will resume the following day (expected to be Wednesday, December
19th). Transportation will be cancelled for our elementary students but you should note
that some buses will still be on the roads servicing our high schools as well as other
school boards within the Windsor-Essex region, which are not affected by this strike
action.

All day cares, Ontario Early Years Centres, and Parenting and Family Literacy Centres in
our elementary schools as well as before and after school programs offered by third-party
providers will continue to operate, as usual. There may be information pickets at schools
which host these programs. Entry may be delayed briefly but the union has given
assurance that entry will not be blocked to these programs.

I regret that there has yet to be a resolution to the current collective bargaining dispute
between the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario and the provincial government.
It remains our intention to provide every student in the Greater Essex County District
School Board with the excellent education they need and deserve in a safe and nurturing
environment.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Principal of your child’s school.

Sincerely,
Warren Kennedy
Director of Education

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