ADSB Comments on CASS Students Walk Out
Fran Walsh for local2 sault ste. marie
October 3rd, 2012 at 3:58pm
The Algoma District School Board (ADSB) confirms that approximately 150 students walked out of class this morning at Central Algoma Secondary School (CASS). Students indicated that they were protesting the proposed interruption of extra-curricular activities at the school due to labour negotiations as per the Putting Students First Act introduced by the Government of Ontario in September.
School administration closely monitored the student protest with the support of the Ontario Provincial Police, to ensure student safety. By afternoon, all but approximately 40-50 students returned to class. School administration has advised the students at Central Algoma Secondary School that they are expected to be in classes for a regular school day tomorrow.
The Algoma District School Board reminds parents and students that there are other effective ways to protest or show support for an issue without disrupting the school day. Teachers are committed to ensuring the instructional integrity of the school day, and we are asking parents and students to also respect instructional time in our classrooms.
We believe parents play a key role in ensuring their children are well informed about the current labour situation, and providing acceptable ways for their children’s voices to be heard. We appreciate the support of parents to help us ensure that learning and instruction in the classroom are not interrupted.
Once again, we wish to emphasize that extra-curricular activities have always been considered voluntary, as they take place outside of the instructional day. Extra-curricular activities characterize the professionalism and dedication that our staff brings to student learning both inside and outside the classroom. Currently, there are varying levels of extra-curricular activities occurring across the district and the province.
We assure you that the Algoma District School Board is committed to continuing to negotiate in good faith with all employee groups and we are confident that we will be able to work through this process with the professionalism and dedication our staff has always demonstrated. We will continue to provide updates for parents on our website (www.adsb.on.ca) as needed.