Elementary teachers prepare for one-day protest Friday
Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013 3:28PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2013 4:38PM EST
76-thousand elementary school teachers and support staff are preparing for a one-day political protest, this Friday.
The Elementary Teachers Federation says it's not a strike but will definitely mean teachers will not be in the classroom.
“Based on the fact that this minister imposed terms and conditions on them, we were going to implement a one-day political protest. That is going ahead,” says Sam Hammond, the union president.
92 per cent of union members voted to go ahead with the full-day protest.
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has announced that it will close all of its elementary schools on Friday as a result.
"In order to maintain student safety we will have to close our elementary schools for students for that day. The only difference between this time and the last time are extended day programs will be open," says Jennifer Adams, the boards director of education.
Some parents picking up their children, today, say they must now rush to make alternative childcare arrangements.
"It's always just juggling the schedules and trying to figure out how you're going to accomodate for your child, where they're going to be on Friday, what you're going to do about work," says parent Keely Davison.
"Not great. I wish they could resolve it. It's affecting the kids. It's affecting their education," says another parent Vicky Edgecombe.
Still, some parents say they respect the right to protest and are against having a contract forced onto teachers.
With a report from CTV's John Hua
The school yard at Centennial Public School could be empty Friday with a looming teacher protest