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Ontario Teachers Strike: How To Talk To Your Kids About Work To Rule

05/11/2015 09:01 EDT | Updated 05/11/2015 09:59 EDT

After months of unsuccessful negotiations with the province, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that it will begin a work-to-rule campaign on Monday at 2pm.

While this means that students will stay in school, teachers will not conduct standardized testing, write comments in report cards, attend staff meetings, and so on. However, extracurricular activities and field trips will continue as planned.

On Friday, ETFO President Sam Hammond said, “This action is incremental in nature,” meaning a strike could happen in the near future. However, in Peel, Sudbury and Durham, teens have already been out of school for three weeks, since April 20.

Trying to explain the politics of a teacher’s strike to your child can be difficult, which is why parenting expert Alyson Schafer is here to help. In the video above, Schafer explains how you can talk to your kids about the strike, whether or not you agree with the politics.

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