Apr 22, 2015
By Jane Brown
Administrators at public high schools in Peel Region are making contingency plans in the event teachers go on strike May 4th.
Graduation ceremonies may be postponed to the fall, but proms will go ahead as planned.
Representatives with the Peel District School Board say proms are one of the top three concerns for families of students if teachers walk out. They say parents are also worried about final marks for grade 12 students and the internationally run exams for teens in the enriched and advanced programs.
Janet McDougald is the chair of the school board. She says it came as a surprise to her when the teachers federation announced the May 4th strike date yesterday.
“Parents are very concerned, as are students. From a local perspective, we have been working, I think, extremely well with our federation. We’ve been meeting. We’ve met several times and I think we’ve made progress,” McDougald explained to CP24.
Public high school teachers in Durham region have been out on strike since Monday. Those in the Sudbury area could be off the job on Monday. Schools in Waterloo, Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Halton could also be hit in the coming weeks.