The Organization for Ontario Secondary Students responds to the strike of teachers in the Durham Region District School Board

Monday, April 20, 2015

For Immediate Release:

As of Monday, April 20th, 2015, the teaching staff in the Durham District School Board have issued a full withdrawal of services as negotiations with the school board had fallen through. This move deprives nearly 24,000 secondary school students of prime learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom. Students will be unable to participate in extracurricular activities that enrich and enhance their learning experience. Some will be unable to participate in highly-anticipated events and initiatives. There is little question that the strike will hurt students the most.

The Organization for Ontario Secondary Students (OOSS) urges the Durham Region District School Board and the OSSTF District 13 to come to a fair, equitable solution to the current disagreements, and enable students to once again receive access to meaningful learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom. The OOSS encourages representatives from the OSSTF and the public school boards to continue to negotiate to avert further strikes, while taking into full consideration the voice of students throughout the province of Ontario. 

The OOSS  will seek to take considerable action to respond to the ongoing strike through a variety of student-led events and initiatives to raise awareness and inform students of the importance of student voice in the teacher’s strike, and ways that we as students can get involved to ensure an end to the strike and a continuance of our education. The OOSS believes that the action taken can afford students an opportunity to create positive and profound change within their communities. 

The Organization for Ontario Secondary Students is a student-led, registered non-profit organization founded in 2012 that seeks to develop, enhance, and promote student voice, leadership, involvement, and passion through a vibrant selection of engaging programs, initiatives, and events held throughout the school year. 


For all questions, comments, or enquiries, please contact:

Roman Ebadi
Chief Executive Officer
Organization for Ontario Secondary Students
romane@theooss.com
+1 (289) 788-0009

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