The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board will close schools next week in the event of a strike by Canadian Union of Public Employees members.
A letter obtained by Bayshore Broadcasting News from the board's Director of Education Gary O'Donnell explains all 13 elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students as on Monday, Oct. 7, unless a new collective agreement is reached between CUPE and the province.
"The board has determined we cannot safely operate our schools for students during a full CUPE strike," O'Donnell says.
About 45 per cent of staff at the Bruce-Grey Catholic Board are CUPE members, including educational assistants, custodians, secretaries, early childhood educators, librarians and staff at the Catholic Education Centre.
The letter explains before and after school programs will be closed as well. The Brockton Child Care and Wooden Hill Child Care Centres will remain open.
Negotiations between CUPE and the province are set to resume late this afternoon, according to reports, after the union gave notice Wednesday of its intention to hit the picket lines Oct. 7.