Parents in the northeast have been left scrambling again now that a protest by public elementary school teachers has been deemed illegal by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says teachers are expected to report to class in the four public school boards across the northeast. Whether the schools in those boards are all open is still unclear, however.

In Sudbury, Manitoulin and Espanola, the Rainbow Board announced early Friday morning schools will run classes for students as usual.

According to the latest information, schools will remain closed in the Algoma District, District School Board Ontario North East, and the Near North District Board. Teachers in those boards are expected to report to work, but their classrooms will be closed to students.

Further exacerbating the confusion are freezing rain conditions across the region, which has forced the cancellation of school buses in various areas.