Area schools resume in-person learning after two-day protest

CUPE workers and supporters continue a second day of protests on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Photo by Peter McKenty/Kingstonist.

All area schools will be reopening on Tuesday after the Ford government agreed to rescind Bill 28, the Keeping Students in Class Act, which with its use of the “notwithstanding clause” would impose a mandatory contract on provincial education workers.

Many area schools were closed on Friday and again today, after a full withdrawal of services by members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in the education sector, but will reopen to in-person learning on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Asynchronous learning activities were provided to students today, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022.

“I am very pleased to share the great news that in-person learning will resume at all Limestone schools tomorrow morning (Tuesday, November 8),” said Krishna Burra, Director of Education for the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) in a letter to families.

“This is fantastic news for everyone, and we look forward to the resumption of in-person learning with our highly valued employees, who provide critical services to students, staff, schools, and the system, returning to work tomorrow.”

The Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) sent a letter with the same sentiment. “All ALCDSB schools will re-open to students and classes will resume in-person tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Students currently enrolled in the remote learning school will continue classes as normal,” David DeSantis, Director of Education for ALCDSB stated in the letter. “Any further questions, please contact your school directly.”

French schools in the CECCE school board will remain open as they did not close as part of this protest.

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