RELEASE- Minister needs to ask why Peel school board cancelled breakfast program despite teachers who continued to volunteer

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Toronto, ON – The education minister needs to ask the Peel District School Board why it cancelled its breakfast programs when teachers were volunteering to continue organizing them, says the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

“The Minister needs to question the Peel school board on why it chose to cancel such an important program when teachers were continuing to volunteer to organize them,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond today. “Teachers volunteer to purchase the food on their own time, volunteer to run the program and clean up after the students finish their breakfast.”

The only aspect struck under ETFO’s work-to-rule action is the collection of money. While a nominal amount of 25-50 cents is collected from students for the breakfast, other funds for the program in Peel schools come from the school, non-profit organizations and grocery stores.

“Schools could easily have forgone the nominal student payment or set up a process for payment that was not labour intensive like a coin box. It is shameful that the Peel school board didn’t care enough about students when it cancelled this important program along with other activities,” added Hammond.

“Instead of blaming teachers and support staff, the education minister needs to ask why the Peel Board took this rash action. She also has to take responsibility for the current labour situation in schools because she has so far failed to negotiate fair and respectful collective agreements with ETFO and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.