Trustees at the region’s public school board want to ensure students don’t lose extracurricular opportunities in the future by giving parents the right to supervise activities – even during teacher strikes.
Spurred by the cancellations of sports and student clubs due to job action taken by Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Waterloo Region District School Board trustee Natalie Waddell is raising the issue in hopes of changing the board’s policies that currently don’t allow parents to run extracurricular activities.
As of yesterday (Nov. 2), the teachers’ union was in past-deadline talks with the province and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. Premier Kathleen Wynne had set a Nov. 1 deadline to reach a settlement and lift the boycott on extracurricular activities, warning schools board would be allowed to dock teachers’ pay.
Waddell, meanwhile, is looking for long-term solutions.
“I am hopeful that the current situation will be resolved soon,” she said Monday, “however, I feel that steps should be taken to avoid the withdrawal of extracurricular activities in the future.”
Read entire article at The Cambridge Times.