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DSBN will close schools if teachers launch full withdrawal of services

12/3/2012

If elementary teachers with the District School Board of Niagara begin one day walkouts, a board spokesman says they will have to close schools.

Brett Sweeney, Media Relations Officer with the DSBN says, " if the job action does escalate and teachers are not in school, the board will have to close schools."

Sweeney notes " student safety is our number one priority and without teachers in schools it won't be possible to to maintain that safe environment so we would have to close them."

But he adds, the union has promised to give the board and parents 72 hours notice prior to a full withdrawal of service.

In an interview with CKTB, Sweeney says at this point teachers will remain in class, will perform all their regularly scheduled supervision duties and will be able to communicate with parents during the instructional day.

The union has told teachers to cancel all after school holiday musicals.

Sweeney says parents will find most schools will reschedule them to take place during the day.

The DSBN will be providing updates on the escalating labour dispute on its website dsbn.org.

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