FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 13, 2020
Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario Relieved by Limit Increase
TORONTO: The Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO) is very pleased with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and the Government of Ontario's decision to temporarily increase the maximum number of days that retired Principals, Vice-Principals and teachers can work to support the students in our schools.
CPCO has consistently advocated for an increase to the limit on post-retirement working days as an effective remedy to address the shortage of educators in our schools, which has now been exacerbated in many regions due to COVID-19. Across the province, the pandemic has created an environment of uncertainty as the previous limit of 50 days presented a fast-approaching deadline for staff departures. With the need for increased staffing levels to safely operate Ontario's schools, yesterday’s announcement provides welcome relief for Principals, Vice-Principals and teachers across the province, who are facing unprecedented pressures and levels of stress.
“We are encouraged that decision-makers are listening to the recommendations we are putting forward to minimize the disruptions in our schools and provide qualified support for our students. During these trying times, retirees are playing an important role in providing support for our students and ensuring that every child has a teacher and every school has a Principal,” says Blaine MacDougall, CPCO President.
CPCO will continue working with its partners to advance constructive solutions that support administrators in their efforts to create a safe learning environment.
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CPCO represents 2,100 Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals, who lead over 1,300 schools in 29 Catholic district school boards in Ontario.
For more information, please contact:
Marketing & Communications Manager
Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO)
416-483-1556, ext. 38 (office)