The new school term has gotten underway amid some uncertainty, as contract talks between the province and the union representing elementary school teaches continue.
In the meantime, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario says members will not be involved in activities such as planning fundraisers or attending field trips and open houses.
A deal has also yet to be reached between the province and Francophone teachers and support workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
A work to rule campaign is also set to be staged by these workers.
The start of term follows a summer of uncertainty when at one point, all all major teachers’ unions were threatening some sort of job action in the fall, however deals have now been reached with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the Ontario’s English Catholic Teachers Association.
In addition to the labour unrest, the introduction of the new sex-ed curriculum is also causing tension.
Many parents have objected to the content, saying the changes represent too much, too soon, however the province’s education minister Liz Sandels is standing behind the changes, saying it gives kids information that can help keep them safe and healthy.
She has also said that those parents who are still opposed to the curriculum can pull their kids from class, but she hopes parents first talk to teachers and principals because a lot of “misinformation” is still being circulated.