OECTA

Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) Members:

  • Elementary Teachers
  • Secondary Teachers
  • Occasional Teachers

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association) the union representing our Elementary, Secondary and Occasional Teachers will hold a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21st. All Elementary schools, Senior Elementary schools, Secondary schools and Alternative Education programs will be closed to students on Tuesday, January 21.

OECTA has notified us that they will be setting up information pickets outside of St. Bernard School, Pope John Paul II School , Bishop E.Q. Jennings School and James Street Government Building between 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Parents are asked to arrange alternate childcare arrangements during this walkout. Clients of before and after school daycares should contact their daycare provider for information regarding hours of operation and services that may be provided during this one-day strike.School closures are necessary, as we cannot provide a safe and equitable learning environment for all students. The Board respects the Union’s right to strike and remains hopeful this walkout may be avoided by a negotiated settlement between the Provincial Bargaining Parties.

We will provide further updates to our school communities and partners when information becomes available. Please continue to check our Facebook and website pages for updates. Our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of everyone in our schools while maintaining caring learning environments for all students and staff.

Sincerely,

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our Board was informed today that on Friday January 17, OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association), the union representing our Elementary, Secondary and Occasional Teachers will hold information pickets before and after school.

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board understands and respects the right to strike. The Board is committed to providing the very best instruction to our students throughout the bargaining process. Our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of everyone in our schools while maintaining caring learning environments for all students and staff.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This afternoon, the Union representing our Elementary, Secondary and Occasional Teachers (OECTA) served a Notice of Strike Action outlining a full withdrawal of services in the form of a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. This action is in addition to the sanctions currently in place.

Unless OECTA withdraws its strike notice, all TBCDSB schools and programs will be closed to students on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. We ask parents and guardians of our students to arrange care for their child as a contingency plan if this one-day strike takes place.

The Board respects the Union’s right to strike and remains hopeful this strike may be avoided by a negotiated settlement between the Provincial bargaining parties. Our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of everyone in our schools while maintaining caring learning environments for all students and staff.

Sincerely,
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

RE: Postponement of the Semester 1 Grade 9 Applied and Academic EQAO Mathematics Assessment

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Students in the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board will not be participating in the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment this January. All students who are enrolled in Semester 1 Grade 9 Applied or Grade 9 Academic Mathematics courses are normally required to take the EQAO Grade 9 Mathematics Assessment. EQAO measures students' achievement in Mathematics in relation to Ontario curriculum expectations.

Due to job action, Teachers and Student Support Persons will not participate in EQAO preparation or testing. The labour sanctions limit the implementation and administration of the test. Teachers will continue to work through the completion of the Grade 9 Mathematics curriculum as Semester 1 comes to an end. In a statement issued on January 8, the Minister of Education said that students who do not take the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment in January will need to take the test in June. The Board will await further direction from the Ministry.

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board understands and respects the right to strike. The Board is committed to providing the very best instruction to our students throughout the bargaining process.

Sincerely,

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

Regarding EQAO (Grade Nine Math Assessment), currently OECTA is still in the process of bargaining. If an agreement is not reached, sanctions will begin January 13th and a decision will be made whether or not we will postpone the assessment.

Please continue to check our social media pages and website for further updates.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our Board was informed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, that OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association), the union representing our Elementary, Secondary and Occasional Teachers, will begin job action on Monday, January 13, 2020, unless a tentative agreement is reached with the government and OCSTA (Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association).

OECTA job actions will include the following:

1. Information Pickets: OECTA members shall hold information pickets before and after school on Monday, January 13 to inform parents about the job action.

2. Report Cards: OECTA members shall not participate in the preparation and input of report card comments, including learning skills.

  • Members shall input marks only on the report cards;
  • Kindergarten teachers shall only input one sentence per frame;
  • OECTA members in secondary schools shall not prepare progress report cards.

3. Data Entry: OECTA members shall not enter diagnostic testing data in school board system.

4. EQAO: OECTA members shall not participate in any EQAO-related activities, including field testing, marking, administrative duties, test preparation, and administration of the test.

5. Ministry of Education Initiatives: OECTA will not attend or participate in any meetings, and/or undertake tasks related to any Ministry of Education Initiative.

  • OECTA members shall not conduct or submit any student assessment data for any purpose other than their own personal student assessment.

6. Meetings: OECTA members shall not attend staff meetings, department meetings, divisional meetings, Ministry or board in-services, or any other such activity.

7. Professional Development (PD) Days: OECTA members will engage in self-directed professional development activities on PD Days. Members must report to their regularly assigned workplace on any PD Days that occur during the job action, and determine how to use that time to best meet their professional development needs.

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board understands and respects the right to strike. The Board is committed to providing the very best instruction to our students throughout the bargaining process. Our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of everyone in our schools while maintaining caring learning environments for all students and staff.

Sincerely,

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

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