As you may be aware, the Ontario government and education workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees – Ontario – (CUPE) continue to negotiate in hopes of reaching a deal that works for all.
On Wednesday, November 16th, CUPE served five days’ notice that if no contract is reached, their workers would be on strike effective Monday, November 21, 2022.
CUPE and the government have negotiation dates scheduled up to and including Sunday November 20, 2022. It is our hope that a deal will be reached before Monday’s strike date and kids can come to school as normal.
The WCDSB has more than 1,200 staff represented by CUPE, in multiple different roles in schools. As before — given such a large number of potentially absent staff, should a strike occur, it will not be possible to safely open and operate our schools.
On Monday, November 7, 2022, the Board of Trustees approved recommendations to change the boundaries for Canadian Martyrs, Saint John Paul II, St. Anne (K), and St. Daniel Catholic Elementary Schools (CES) as well as St. Mary’s High School.
The purpose was to establish boundaries for the new St. Patrick CES and the East Kitchener 7-12 Catholic School in advance of their opening.
The boundary changes in accordance with Staff Recommended Option 6 will take effect when the new schools open, anticipated to be September 2024.
Option 6 includes the following changes:
Move sub-area C from St. Anne (K) to St. Daniel.
Move sub-area D from St. Anne (K) to St. Patrick.
Move sub-area K from Canadian Martyrs to Saint John Paul II.
Move sub-area S from St. Daniel to St. Patrick.
Move sub-area Y from Saint John Paul II to St. Patrick.
As a result of this morning’s announcement by the Premier that the Ontario government will rescind Bill 28 and will return to collective bargaining with the Canadian Public Sector Employees Union – Ontario — (CUPE), education workers represented by CUPE have agreed to pause their job action and return to schools effective tomorrow – Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
This means all WCDSB schools (including St. Louis) will be open on November 8 for a regular day of classes.
All school transportation will be running as regularly scheduled.
All WCDSB extended day programs will be running on their regular schedules.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we transitioned into remote learning, and we pray that both sides will quickly reach a fair and just collective agreement that serves the interests of all.
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board will continue with independent/remote learning activities on Monday, November 7 and until further notice.
Schools will NOT be open to students and transportation will NOT be running. Before/after school programs will NOT be operating. Teachers will begin synchronouslearning activities tomorrow, Monday, November 7, and until further notice.
St. Mary’s High School will continue with the regular school day schedule (see below). Teachers will also post class times and the school day schedule on their Learning Management System (e.g. D2L, Google Classroom) to support students. Students will be able to login to their learning management system for more information from their classroom teacher. Please visit https://www.wcdsb.ca/students/ for instructions on how to login to D2L and Google Classroom. Instructions are available in multiple languages. Should your child be absent/unable to attend remote learning please inform their teacher.