Renfrew County Catholic District School Board provides an update on the potential strike action Monday, November 21st
November 16th, 2022
Today, November 16th, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) gave their 5-day strike notice to the provincial government.
CUPE within RCCDSB consists of custodians at some of our schools, and all tradespeople at the board.
If negotiations are not successful between the parties, some schools in the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board will convert to asynchronous remote learning on Monday, November 21st, 2022. Synchronous learning will begin on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 and beyond should the strike continue.
The following schools will be closed and will convert to online learning on Monday, November 21st:
|St. Joseph’s Elementary, Arnprior||St. John Bosco, Barry’s Bay|
|St. Anthony’s, Chalk River||St. Joseph’s High School, Renfrew|
|St. Mary’s OLGC, Deep River||St. Andrew’s, Killaloe|
|Bishop Smith Catholic High School, Pembroke||Holy Name & Valleycrest, Pembroke|
|Our Lady of Lourdes, Pembroke||St. Francis of Assisi, Petawawa|
- The schools listed above will convert to remote learning and all students will remain at home
- Students will have access to school technology for remote learning if needed. Information regarding devices will be shared by individual schools.
- All Community Use of Schools will be cancelled except for Before and After School programs, should they choose to operate under our non-instructional day parameters
Schools NOT affected by strike action:
|Our Lady of Sorrows, Petawawa||St. Michael’s, Douglas|
|Our Lady of Grace, Westmeath||George Vanier, Combermere|
|St. Thomas the Apostle & Valleycrest, Renfrew||Our Lady of Fatima, Renfrew|
|St. John XXIII, Anrpior||St. Joseph’s, Calabogie|
|St. James, Eganville||Cathedral, Pembroke|
|St. Kateri Tekakwitha Virtual Elementary School|
These schools will remain open with regular daily transportation.
The Board will continue to provide updates to school communities through school messenger as information becomes available. Please also continue to check our board’s website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram (@RCCDSB) for updates.
Questions on Strike Impact
What do you mean by asynchronous and synchronous Learning?
On Monday, November 21st, 2022, if the parties have not reached an agreement, schools will convert to remote learning and the days will be asynchronous. This means that students’ work will be placed on their online learning platform for them to complete on those days, and they will not be following their usual daily class schedules.
Should the labour action continue, students will convert to synchronous learning on Tuesday, November 22nd. This means they would follow their typical daily schedule remotely. Principals and teachers will reach out with more information through the virtual platforms.
What if my child needs technology for remote learning?
We are working hard on a plan to deploy technology for students who require devices for remote learning. Information regarding devices will be shared by individual schools. Please monitor your emails and our social media accounts as we will update parents & guardians as soon as possible.
Will extracurricular activities and school athletics continue during the labour action?
No, all extracurricular activities will be paused.
Will childcare centres and before and after-school care programs stay open?
The childcare centres (toddler to preschool-aged children) attached to our CUPE schools are not directly run through RCCDSB and should be operating as normal. However, the Kindergarten and School age programs run by the childcare centres that occur before and after school might be affected. Please reach out to your childcare provider directly for more information.