November 4, 2015

Letter to families from Director of Education regarding post-job action transition period

Dear Peel District School Board families:

As you likely already know, we are pleased to share with you that the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario Public School Boards' Association and the Ontario government on Nov. 2, 2015. Terms of the tentative agreement have not yet been made public and it must still be ratified by ETFO and CUPE members.

Although job action for these union groups has ended, there will be a transition period as schools return to their regular routines. I must stress with everyone that it will not be "business as usual" immediately. Activities will slowly return as soon as staff have had time to prepare for their re-start. For example, food days may take a few days to resume as vendors need to be contacted and arrangements need to be made for orders to be taken. As well, School Council meetings may not happen on their established date as agendas need to be created or elections still need to be held. Once these meetings dates are confirmed, they will be shared with families.

We know that elementary school parents also have questions about their children's Progress Reports. Yesterday, the Minister of Education Liz Sandals indicated that teachers will be providing Progress Reports, but that there may be a delay in getting them to families. We expect reports to be provided to parents by mid-December. Your school will share more about this with you in the coming days.

In addition, elementary school parents may be wondering about parent-teacher interviews. We're working through this process and, again, your children's school will share information once details are finalized.

As we head into November, I want to assure you that our key priority remains—we will work to ensure that students have a successful school year. We know our staff will continue to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding, and thank you for your support as we return to our regular school routines.

Yours sincerely,

Tony Pontes, Director of Education

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