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Published on Dec 4, 2019 04:34

December 4, 2019


Dear Parents and Guardians:

All of the Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board will be closed for students on Wednesday, December 4th. We were informed at midnight that a settlement was not reached and OSSTF is proceeding with a one day strike. This includes the cancellation of busses, field trips, use of facilities permits and before and aftercare programs. Schools will reopen for all students on Thursday, December 5th.

At our board, OSSTF represents educational assistants, designated early childhood educators, office and clerical and maintenance staff. The absence of these education workers, due to this one day strike action, would impact our ability to ensure a safe learning environment for our students. 

We understand how disruptive this labour action can be for families. We encourage you to review our FAQ document under the Labour Updates section of our website at We hope this will provide clarity around the ongoing province-wide  negotiations for education workers and what that means for our school communities. 

Yours in Faith,