Elementary school teachers with the Toronto and Peel District School Boards will hold a one-day strike on Tuesday, sources confirm with CityNews.

Tuesday’s strikes will affect about 270 public elementary schools and nearly 300,000 students, leaving parents scrambling to find daycare or other arrangements for their kids.

“It’s very challenging because everybody is looking for daycare, so it’s last minute,” one frustrated mom told CityNews.

Teachers with York region hit the picket lines on Thursday as rotating one-day strikes continue across Ontario.

Schools will be open but there will be very limited supervision, the board warned.

Teachers at the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, which covers Muskoka, Haliburton County and Victoria County, and the Renfrew District School Board, which covers the Ottawa Valley, were also striking on Thursday to protest the government’s controversial Bill 115. 

Bill 115 allows the government to impose a two-year contract on teachers that includes a wage freeze, halves sick days and ends teachers’ ability to bank unused sick days.

It also gives Education Minister Laurel Broten the power to end a strike or lockout without debating the issue in the provincial legislature. But the government said it would allow the strikes as long they didn’t last more than one day.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) said they would give parents 72-hours’ notice before any planned strike. Teachers at the Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board, which includes Peterborough; Simcoe County School Board, which covers Barrie, Innisfil, Collingwood and Bradford; and Upper Grand School Board, which covers  Dufferin County, Wellington County and Guelph, will strike on Friday.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Ontario high school students protested at Queen’s Park Thursday, urging an end to the labour dispute.

Secondary school teachers have stopped volunteering for extracurricular activities like sports teams, clubs and field trips.

Two years of work-to-rule action are possible, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) said Tuesday, if the government and the union don’t reach an agreement.
The province has already reached deals with its French and Catholic boards.

If teachers and their local school boards do not reach an agreement by Dec. 31, the province will impose one.