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What’s happening in Rainbow Schools?

Instructional programs for Grades 9 to 12 cancelled in event of strike


The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF – District 3), representing secondary teachers and secondary occasional teachers in Rainbow District School Board, may begin legal strike action on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Should a full withdrawal of services occur, all instructional programs for Grades 9 to 12 will be cancelled and all Rainbow secondary schools will be closed to students, including Barrydowne College and the Adult Day School.

Extra-curricular activities, field trips, school events and Co-operative Education placements will also be cancelled for the duration of the strike.

Dual credits will continue at Cambrian College.

Programs for Grade 7 and 8 students at Chelmsford Valley District Composite School and Lively District Secondary School will continue. Details about any contingency plans for these students will be shared at a later date.

Buses for secondary students will not operate. Buses will continue their routes for elementary students only.

Community use of schools, in the evenings and on weekends, will continue as scheduled.

“We value our secondary teachers and the work they do with students,” said Rainbow District School Board Chair Doreen Dewar. “We continue to negotiate and are committed to reaching a local settlement.” She added: “We thank parents/guardians and students for their patience and understanding.”

Additional information will be provided to students and parents/guardians through letters, phone messages, the Board website and the media. Updates will be posted on

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Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.