Catholic schools will be closed Monday if no agreement reached with custodial staff

Brian Beal, Director of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board has announced it will close schools and cancel all programs for Monday, Oct. 7 if an agreement with custodial staff isn’t reach over the weekend.
This would also include the cancellation of before and after care at any of our school locations.
“The health and safety of our students and staff must always be our main priority. After much careful consideration we have determined that in the best interest of student safety, the cancellation of classes is the most appropriate course of action. We understand that this decision will greatly impact our families, but we do remain hopeful that a negotiated settlement is reached this weekend and that a strike is averted,” Director of Education Brian Beal said in an email statement to parents.
Earlier this week the board was notified by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing custodial workers, that it intended to proceed with a full legal strike, beginning Monday. Ongoing negotiations are scheduled during the weekend between CUPE, the provincial government and the Trustee Associations.
“We do remain hopeful that a contract can be negotiated this weekend and/or that full strike action is averted. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation,” Beal continued in his email.