The Toronto and Peel’s school boards say they will not issue elementary report cards for term one due to ongoing job action by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
In a statement released on Tuesday, the TDSB said the ETFO has been engaged in legal job action since November of last year which includes “sanctions related to report cards.”
In accordance with the sanctions, teachers will not complete or file term one report cards, file progress reports or Kindergarten Communication of Learning reports and will not undertake the role of report card administrator.
What will instead happen is that teachers will provide school administrators with a list of marks for various subjects or one brief comment per frame for the Kindergarten Communication of Learning reports. However, since the marks and comments will not be entered electronically, the TDSB says they cannot produce report cards for their approximately 174,000 elementary students.
This means that report cards for more than 100,000 students cannot be produced and neither will marks be provided.
The Peel board says secondary students will receive term one reports cards with marks only, as teachers are not writing comments.
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for both boards will continue to be updated during the job action.
It may be slightly reassuring for parents of affected students to learn that the TDSB parent-teacher interviews scheduled for February 14 are expected to take place.
Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement in response to the lack of report cards for elementary students: “Yet again, teacher union leaders are risking student success and preventing parents from seeing valuable information about their child’s performance in class. It underscores our government’s insistence that teacher union leaders cancel these strikes that are hurting our kids. And it only strengthens our belief that parents want our government to invest in front-line services, not in compensation and other demands, for some of the highest-paid educators in the country.” -CINEWS