EFTO Work-to-Rule Action Confirmed
The Changes Parents Will Care About Most
This afternoon, the Ontario Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (EFTO) confirmed work-to-rule action beginning Monday May 11, 2015. Clearly, parents are relieved that school doors will be open on Monday, but how does the work-to-rule action impact the rest of the school year?
- Teachers are not to undertake any EQAO related activities including EQAO preparation or facilitation. This does not necessarily mean EQAO testing is cancelled this school year. As of now, it only means teachers involvement is not permitted. If you are concerned about your child’s EQAO testing, it is best to reach out to your child’s school for further information.
- Teachers are not to prepare report card comments or related administrative tasks, so expect lean report cards this June.
- Teachers are not to conduct reading, writing or math assessments other than those that the teacher considers necessary to report on student progress.
It’s important to know that Ontario elementary teachers will still continue to teach and provide extra help to students, maintain contact with parents during the instructional day, and provide supervisory duties. It also seems that extra-curricular activities and school trips should take place as already planned – however, changes can occur as the work-to-rule action unfolds.