EMSB cancelling midterm exams amid ongoing strike

By News Staff

The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is cancelling all its midterm exams for this year because of the ongoing public-workers’ strikes.

In a letter to parents, the EMSB said the “interruption of services” caused by the strike led to the decision, “after careful consideration,” to scrap the January midterms.

“Our decision aims to provide teachers with more time to allow students to focus on learning without the added burden of impending board exams,” the letter reads.

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All EMSB schools were fully closed during three strike days earlier this month – from Nov. 21 to 23.

The school board has yet to announce if it will cancel classes from Dec. 8-14 – the next round of strikes involving Quebec teachers and educators.

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Another major school board in Montreal – the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) – says its elementary, secondary and adult and vocational schools will be closed those days in December after unions filed for a notice of strike.

Daycare services and any other activities scheduled in the schools or centre will be suspended.

“We are aware of the disruptions these strikes create,” the school board told CityNews in a statement. “We express our sincere apologies for the inconveniences caused by the present situation which impacts you and your family.

“At the same time, know that negotiations are ongoing, and we maintain an optimistic outlook that an agreement may be reached prior to December 8.

“We will continue to keep you informed of any developments as events warrant. Rest assured, we will provide you with timely updates as the situation evolves.”

The union representing the support staff at LBPSB schools – the Independent Association of Support Staff (IASS) — has not filed for notice of strike.

At least one LBPSB school, Beaconsfield High School, is cancelling its December and January midterm exams, calling the situation “an exceptional circumstance.”

All LBPSB schools were also closed Nov. 21 to 23.

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