Due to the withdrawal of extra-curricular and voluntary activities by teachers, the secondary school sport season will be delayed by the Thames Valley District School Board.
“We recognize the importance of extra-curricular activities to students and families and we regret that current labour conditions will likely have an impact on sports, concerts and other activities,” said Laura Elliott, Executive Superintendent of Program Services, in a media release Thursday.
“With regard to secondary sports, we will push the pause button on the season on Monday (Dec. 10) until the start of winter holidays (Dec. 21),” Elliott added.
The decision means all Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) sports events will be temporarily halted.
The London District Catholic School Board agreed to pause secondary school sports during the same period in order to determine next steps.
TVRA sports are organized by TVDSB in cooperation with LDCSB and private and French-language schools.
“At Thames Valley, we value the leadership our teacher coaches provide, which has been a strength of Thames Valley athletics. Provisions exist currently for community coaches to be involved. In these circumstances, prospective volunteers must meet established guidelines and criteria.”
OSSTF has directed teachers to withdraw from all extra-curricular activities. Parents and students should contact their school principal for details about how this job action will affect events and activities at their school.