General

Which employees are members of OSSTF?

We have 5 OSSTF bargaining units:

  • OSSTF Teachers represent Secondary Teachers and Occasional Teachers.
  • Custodial and Maintenance Association (CAMA) represent custodial and maintenance staff in both elementary and secondary schools
  • Educational Support Staff (ESS), represent secretaries, IT support staff, Human Resources Support Staff, Finance Support
  • Staff and Facilities Services Supervisors)
  • Professional Student Services Personnel (PSSP) represent Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech and Language
  • Pathologists, Communicative Disorder Assistant staff
  • Supervision Monitors and Cafeteria Assistants (SMACA) represent elementary supervision monitors, secondary hall monitors and cafeteria assistants
Which employees are members of ETFO?

In the WRDSB, ETFO represents elementary teachers, elementary occasional teachers and designated early childhood educators.

Which employees are members of EWAO?

In the WRDSB, the Education Assistants Association (EAA) of the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is included in the Education Workers’ Alliance of Ontario (EWAO). In the WRDSB, the EAA represents educational assistants, and child and youth workers.

Elementary

Will my child be receiving a Term One Report Card?

No. Due to ongoing job sanctions by members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), we are unable to provide parents and caregivers with Term One Report Cards for our elementary students. We know how important these reports are to families and students, but it’s also important to remember that report cards are not the sole record of achievement data for your child. As always, parents and guardians can contact their child’s teacher to discuss their progress and/or concerns. Your child’s teacher understands the strengths and next steps for your child and we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher to engage in this conversation with them.

Will the Principal provide me with my child’s marks?

No. Principals cannot provide your child’s marks. Instead, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions about their progress.

How will I know how my child is doing in school?

We encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions about their progress. Teachers are skilled professionals who keep families informed about the progress of their children throughout the school year.

Because some members of the OSSTF union work in elementary schools, will elementary schools see any impact in the event of an OSSTF full withdrawal of services (strike action)?

Yes. All elementary schools, including senior elementary schools, will close if there is an OSSTF full withdrawal of services (strike action).

How do I apply for financial support for parents during strikes from the Ministry of Education?

Please visit the Ministry of Education website for more information on how to apply for support for parents.

Please note:

  • If you have more than one child, you must submit separate applications for each child. For example, if you have three eligible children, you must submit three separate applications.
  • Funds will be provided on a per-child basis. Only one parent can apply for support. It is up to the child’s parents or guardians to determine who will apply.

Secondary

Will my child be receiving a Semester One Report Card?

Yes, your child will be receiving their Semester One Report Card, however, it will not contain comments from the teacher. Due to ongoing job sanctions by members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), secondary teachers are producing a Semester One Report Card for students with marks and learning skills, but no comments. As always, families can contact their child’s teacher to discuss their progress and/or concerns. Your child’s teacher understands the strengths and next steps for your child and we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher to engage in this conversation with them.

How will I know how my child is doing in school?

We encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions about their progress. Teachers are skilled professionals who keep families informed about the progress of their children throughout the school year.

What does this mean for students applying to post-secondary?

If your child is applying to College or University, the current OSSTF Sanctions will not interfere with the upload of marks to the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) and the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC).