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Labour Relations Update from the CDSBEO



The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has announced that their members (custodians, school office staff, educational assistants, early childhood educators, library workers, maintenance staff and other non-teaching staff) will escalate strike action to a full withdrawal of services beginning Monday, October 7, if an agreement is not reached by Sunday, October 6, 2019.

The safety of students is the Board’s greatest priority, and therefore, due to the vast and significant roles held by CUPE employees, the CDSBEO regrets that if strike action commences, all schools will be closed to students effective Monday, October 7, until further notice.

CUPE represents more than 440 employees (31 per cent of the CDSBEO work force) within CDSBEO schools and administrative offices, and the Board has made this decision with student and staff safety as the priority.

The strike will affect many facets of school operations, and the Board has carefully considered many factors including the safety and well-being of students, supervision, medical supports and care, safe operation of water and sanitation systems, and the condition of classrooms and other areas of the school building.

The Board encourages parents and guardians to have alternate childcare plans in place for Monday. Parents who have children that attend childcare and/or before and after school care programs in CDSBEO facilities should contact their individual provider for details on operations during the strike.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and updates will be posted as information becomes available.


Orange Shirt Day

On September 30, CDSBEO schools will commemorate #OrangeShirtDay to honour residential school survivors as well as those who did not survive. Together we will build understanding of the impact of Residential Schools in the spirit of #reconciliation. #EveryChildMatters #TeamCDSBEO


Rowan’s Law Day

September 25th is Rowan’s Law Day, in honour of Rowan Stringer. On this day we will share Rowan’s story within our school community and educate students on how to identify the signs and symptoms of concussion. For more information on concussion awareness and prevention, please visit

Student Accident Insurance

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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

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The Platinum Plan, our best-selling plan, offers 24/7 coverage against accidental expenses including dental, ambulance, cast, prescription medication, and even out-of-province emergency medical fees.

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Changes to French Immersion and Core French Program

We are happy to announce that J.L. Jordan Catholic School will be offering French Immersion from grade 1-6 effective September 2019.  Should you choose for your child to continue with Core French programming and not partake in the French Immersion program, St. Francis Xavier Catholic School will be your in-zone school. Transportation boundaries will be revised to reflect these changes.  This will allow our schools to continue to offer exceptional skilled FSL instruction to our students.  Our school staff are committed to working together to deliver innovative and engaging FSL programs, as well as offering unique experiential opportunities for students.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the schools.


J.L. Jordan Catholic School is still accepting new student registrations for September 2019! Please visit the CDSBEO website registration page at for information on how to register your child. Or call the school after August 26th.  We look forward to welcoming your child to JL Jordan!