Dear Defender Families:

As the board navigates the increased Job Action taking place by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, our primary concern continues to be student safety. One of the consequences of the enhanced job action is an increased demand on the pool of supply teachers currently available to the board. As a result, it is essential that we limit the use of that pool to replace teachers absent due to illness. This will continue to ensure qualified educators are ready to serve the students in all of our classrooms. At a school level, this means that any field trips or sporting events taking place through the day that require the use of a supply teacher have been cancelled. We will re-evaluate this safety measure in the coming weeks as we continue to keep student safety as our top priority.