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Permits For Community Use of Schools Cancelled as CUPE Strike Looms

Hastings-Prince Edward District School Board has cancelled permits for community use of schools effective immediately until further notice.

A decision has yet to be made about whether or not schools will remain open Monday when the strike begins.

“Our decision will be based on whether we can ensure the safety of students,” the school board explains. Supervision, medical supports and care, safe operation of water and sanitation systems, including required water flushing, conditions of school buildings and classrooms, and overall safety and security will be on the board’s mind as a decision is made.

Secretaries, educational assistants, early childhood educators, and janitorial staff are among the positions that will be lost during the strike.

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The decision to cancel permits for community use affects indoor use (gyms, classrooms, etc.), but not outdoor use (gyms, classes, etc.). “It is necessary because staff are unable to set-up the rooms and clean up afterwards due to the job action,” the board explains. “Community users cannot do this work as it would be a violation of the collective agreement.”

“We will do our best to communicate actions and resulting implications for our schools, families, staff, and of course our students, as timely and responsibly as possible,” the school board says. “We are hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached very soon.”

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