The Kenora Catholic District School Board works with two union groups: the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) representing permanent and occasional teachers and the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union (OPSEU) representing Education Assistants, Early Childhood Educators and Lunch Hour Monitors.
This page will be updated as new information is available. We will also provide updates through emails to families and staff and Facebook @KenoraCatholic.
Should you have questions please contact Trina Henley at (807) 468-9851, ext. 8224 or via email at email@example.com
UPDATE - January 13, 2020
Labour Relations Update #6 - All Kenora Catholic Schools CLOSED to Students on Tuesday, January 21 due to OECTA One-Day, Province-Wide Full Withdrawal of Services.
Today, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Federation (OECTA) provided notice of a province‐wide, full withdrawal of services on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. OECTA represents our 124 permanent and 79 occasional teachers that serve our board.
All Kenora Catholic Schools will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, January 21, unless an agreement is reached before that date.
Kenora Catholic Schools impacted by the one‐day, province‐wide strike include:
- St. Thomas Aquinas High School
- École Ste Marguerite Bourgeoys
- St. Louis School
- Pope John Paul II School
- St. John School
Please be aware that while school buses will run on Tuesday, January 21, for students that attend non‐Kenora Catholic schools, buses will not service Kenora Catholic schools.
Kenora Catholic schools will be OPEN again to students on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
Childcare programs in our schools will continue to operate, but before and after school programming for Kenora Catholic students will not be operating. Community Use of School permits for Tuesday, January 21, will
continue as usual unless cancelled by the permit holder.
Please note that our coterminous board, the Keewatin‐Patricia District School Board, will be closed to students on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The Kenora Catholic District School Board will be open to students on
Wednesday, January 15, as this job action does not impact Kenora Catholic.
We recognize the significant impact this has on families, staff and our school communities, and will continue to follow the situation closely and share information with you as quickly as possible.
Our teachers are valued members of our Kenora Catholic team, and we respect the work they and all of our employees do with students. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached at the provincial bargaining table.
UPDATE - January 10, 2020
Labour Relations Update #5 - KCDSB Not Participating in Grade 9 EQAO Math Assessment in January
On January 8, the Minister of Education announced that the decision to administer the annual Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Grade 9 Math Assessment for Semester One students would be left to individual school boards. After consultation and careful consideration, we have decided that St. Thomas Aquinas High School students will not be participating in the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment in January.
Due to the recent job action announced by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) starting on January 13, teachers will not participate in EQAO preparation or testing, including the administration and marking of the test. The job action would also make it more challenging to implement accommodations that many students rely on to be successful in the test. The job action includes accommodations such as scribing, the reading of questions and access to specialized versions of the test material. At Kenora Catholic, access to these accommodations is provided by both teachers and education workers.
Teachers will continue to work through the completion of the Grade 9 math curriculum as Semester One comes to an end. At our board, a student's performance on the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment has been included as part of the student's final summative Grade, which forms part of their overall mark in the course. Given that this will not be happening this semester, teachers will weigh all evidence of student achievement to determine the student's report card grade. The final culminating activities will allow students an opportunity to demonstrate comprehensive achievement of overall expectations for the course.
In the statement issued on January 8, the Minister of Education advised school boards that students who do not take the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment in January would need to take the test in June. We will await further direction from the Ministry of Education regarding the completion of the test for Semester One students.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Victoria Swejda, Principal at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
We thank you for your patience and support during this time and all that you do for student achievement and well-being.
UPDATE - January 9, 2020
Labour Relations Update #4 - Kenora Catholic Schools Remain OPEN During OECTA Provincial Job Action
On January 8, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) announced that unless a tentative agreement is reached with the government and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association, members across the province will be taking administrative job action beginning on Monday, January 13. OECTA has advised that the action will continue until a tentative agreement is reached. OECTA represents our 124 permanent and 79 occasional teachers that serve our board.At this time, all Kenora Catholic schools will remain OPEN, and student instruction will continue during the job action.
OECTA has stated that the action will target Ministry of Education and school board administrative tasks. This means that OECTA staff in our schools are withdrawing from the following administrative work for the duration of the job action:
OECTA members shall not participate in the preparation and inputting of report card comments, including learning skills.
- Members shall input marks only on the report cards;
- Kindergarten teachers shall only input one sentence per frame;
- OECTA members in secondary schools shall not prepare progress report cards.
members shall not enter diagnostic testing data in school board systems.
OECTA members shall not participate in any EQAO-related activities, including field testing, marking, administrative duties, test preparation, and administration of the test.
Ministry of Education Initiatives:
OECTA members shall not attend or participate in any meetings, and/or undertake any tasks related to any Ministry of Education initiative.
OECTA members shall not conduct or submit any student assessment data (i.e., OnSis/MISA) for any purpose other than their own personal student assessment.
OECTA members shall not attend staff meetings, department meetings, divisional meetings, Ministry or board in-service, or any other such activity.
Professional Development PD Days:
OECTA members will engage in self-directed professional development activities on PD days. Members must report to their regular assigned workplace on any PD days that occur during the job action and determine how to use that time to best meet their professional development needs.
OECTA has notified the Kenora Catholic District School Board that members will hold information pickets before and after school on Monday, January 13, to inform parents about the job action that OECTA is taking.
We are monitoring the provincial situation closely. Should the conditions of the job action change, information will be sent through email to families and posted on Facebook @KenoraCatholic and the KCDSB website – www.kcdsb.on.ca.
At Kenora Catholic, we value all of our staff members and respect the work they do with students. We are hopeful that a new provincial agreement will soon be reached.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
UPDATE - December 16, 2019
Labour Relations Update #3 - Kenora Catholic Monitoring Labour Situation During Christmas Break
First and foremost, I would like to wish our families, staff and students a wonderful Christmas break from December 23 – January 3. May the promise, the hope and the peace of Christ's love fill your heart at Christmas and always.
I am also writing to provide an update regarding potential labour action that may impact our schools in the New Year. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) continues to meet with the government and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association, to negotiate a new collective agreement. OECTA represents our 124 permanent and 79 occasional teachers that serve our schools.
In early December, OECTA requested that a conciliator file a "no-board" report, which means that OECTA will be in a legal strike position as of December 21, 2019. Although OECTA has not advised of any labour actions at this time, we will be closely monitoring the situation over the coming weeks and preparing for the potential of labour action in our schools. We encourage our families to check their emails for updates from us over the Christmas break and to ensure that your contact information is updated with your child's school. Information Updates
As new information becomes available, we will provide updates through:
- Email to families
- Facebook @KenoraCatholic
- KCDSB website – www.kcdsb.on.ca
As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and remain committed to the success of the negotiation process.
Again, I wish you peace, joy and love during the Christmas season. Thank you for your patience during this period of labour action.
UPDATE - December 2, 2019
Labour Relations Update #2 - Kenora Catholic Schools Remain Open
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) labour action that you may be hearing about in our communities and across the province does not impact the Kenora Catholic District School Board.
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) has served Notice of Strike Action, outlining a full withdrawal of services in the form of a one-day walkout on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Our staff are not members of OSSTF and will not be participating in the full withdrawal of services. All Kenora Catholic schools will remain open, and student learning will continue as normal.
At the Kenora Catholic District School Board, we work with two union groups: the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) representing Permanent and Occasional Teachers and the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union (OPSEU) representing Education Assistants, Early Childhood Educators and Lunch Hour Monitors.
Negotiations with the province are still ongoing with OECTA.
As a Catholic School Board, we are committed to the labour negotiation process. If there is any impact on regular school operations, parents and students will be notified, and regular updates will be emailed to you and posted on our Board website.
We encourage you to ensure that your email address and contact information is updated and accurate with your school. Please regularly check the KCDSB website at kcdsb.on.ca
where we will post information about Labour Updates at Kenora Catholic.
UPDATE - October 4, 2019
Labour Relations Update #1 - Kenora Catholic Schools Remain Open
As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to engage in a full withdrawal of service on Monday, October 7th if an agreement cannot be reached by then.
The CUPE labour action that you are hearing about in our communities and across the province does not impact the Kenora Catholic District School Board, as none of our employees belong to CUPE. All of our schools remain open, and our staff are reporting to work as usual. Access to licensed facilities through our Community Use of Facilities program remains status quo at this time. Student instruction is continuing in our classrooms and, as always, faith development, academic success, and the safety and well-being of students continues to be our top priorities.
At Kenora Catholic, we work with two collective bargaining unions; The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) and the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union (OPSEU). OECTA represents permanent teachers and occasional teachers, and OPSEU represents education assistants, early childhood educators and lunch hour monitors.
As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring, professionals and appreciate the relationship we have with them.
If circumstances in our schools change, we will make every effort to communicate information with you as quickly as we can.
We encourage you to regularly check the KCDSB website at www.kcdsb.on.ca on the main Board webpage where we will post important information about Labour Updates at Kenora Catholic.