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Strike action scheduled for northwestern Ontario schools this week

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) all have strike action planned this week that will impact northwestern Ontario. CBC News has compiled a list of scheduled school closures.

CBC News has compiled a list of closures impacting the region

Thunder Bay's Catholic teachers will be back on the picket lines Feb. 4 as talks between the province and its teachers unions have so far failed to produce a deal. (Heather Kitching/CBC)

Talks between the province and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) broke down Friday evening, the union said, meaning strike action announced by the ETFO in a news release issued Jan. 27 and scheduled for the week of Feb. 3 will go ahead. 

The union will engage in a province-wide one-day strike on Thursday, Feb. 6, closing public elementary schools across the province that day.

It will engage in rotating strikes Ontario-wide the rest of the week. 

Public elementary schools in the Superior Greenstone District will be closed on Monday, Feb. 3, while those in the Lakehead, Keewatin-Patricia and Rainy River Districts will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 5.

In addition, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) will hold a full withdrawal of services in select locations on Feb. 4.

All public elementary and secondary schools and the Adult Education Centre in the Lakehead district will be closed that day, the board announced on its web site.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) will hold a province-wide strike, also on Feb. 4, closing Catholic schools across the province that day. The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board`s alternative education programs will also be closed that day, the board announced on Facebook. 

There is currently no job action scheduled for Friday that will impact northwestern Ontario schools. 

CBC has compiled a list of currently-scheduled school closures from union communications and school board web sites.  Here is a summary:

Monday, Feb. 3

  • Superior Greenstone District School Board - Elementary schools closed

Tuesday, Feb. 4

  • Lakehead Public Schools - All elementary and secondary schools and the Adult Education Centre closed
  • Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board - All elementary schools, senior elementary schools, secondary schools and alternative education programs closed
  • Kenora Catholic District School Board - All schools closed
  • Northwest Catholic District School Board - All schools closed
  • Superior North Catholic District School Board - All schools closed 

Wednesday, Feb. 5

  • Lakehead Public Schools - Elementary schools closed
  • Keewatin-Patricia District School Board - Elementary schools closed 
  • Rainy River District School Board - Schools closed for students from kindergarten to Grade 8

Thursday, Feb. 6

  • Superior Greenstone District School Board - Elementary schools closed 
  • Lakehead Public Schools - Elementary schools closed
  • Keewatin-Patricia District School Board - Elementary schools closed 
  • Rainy River District School Board - Schools closed for students from kindergarten to Grade 8

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