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EOSSAA officially cancels fall 2020 sports championships

Following on the heels of an announcement by OFSAA that cancelled all provincial high school sports championships for fall 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the region’s sports body announced the cancellation of all EOSSAA event for fall 2020 as well.

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EOSSAA fall 2020 cancellation announcement

Traditionally, the fall schedule of high school sports championships includes cross-country running, girls basketball, boys volleyball, football, and golf.

I have more background, including details on the earlier provincial announcement, in this post.

As for the possibility of any form of sports at schools this fall, I am told that inter-board events definitely will not be happening. There is a possibility of some activities within a board, but it is more likely that sports will only take place in a limited form within individual schools.

The UCDSB, for example, in its return-to-school document states, “Inter-school sports will not be occurring at this time. Schools may, however, offer co-curricular (such as some intramural sports activities), if cohorting requirements can be maintained and physical distancing is possible. Areas that are used must be able to be cleaned between cohorts.”

The region’s English Catholic board, the CDSBEO, notes in its document, “Sports continue to be on hold until the Ministry of Education, in consultation with public health authorities, indicate that it is safe for sports to resume.” However, the board adds that it recognizes sports to be an “integral part of the school experience for many students” and will aim to “resume sports and extracurricular activities that can safely continue based on input from the Ministry of Education and local public medical officers of health.”

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UCDSB cancels high school sports citing CUPE work-to-rule

Abruptly on Monday, the Upper Canada District School Board announced a cessation of all sports, along with other extra-curricular activities, field trips, and community use of school facilities, citing work-to-rule job action taking by educational support staff who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

The English public school board is the only local board to date to take such action.

According to the board’s announcement, “CUPE represents several UCDSB employee groups including educational assistants (EAs), early childhood educators (ECEs), custodial/maintenance staff, clerical staff (including school office staff), library workers, and information technology staff.”

The statement goes on to say that schools remain open and classes continue as scheduled. The explanation in cancelling everything beyond regular classes is “to ensure the safety and proper supervision of students.”

Our core mission is to educate students in a safe environment. We are confident that even under this work-to-rule campaign, your child will remain safe in our schools and their learning will not be interrupted.

Please know that this job action is in response to the status of bargaining at the provincial level and affects school boards across Ontario. Locally, we are engaged in bargaining with all employee groups and conversations are progressing.

UCDSB press release – 2019/09/29

Disruption to the school year wasn’t unexpected, given the approach the Doug Ford Conservative government has taken to education, teachers, and associated unions. In addition to CUPE, unions representing teachers, including ETFO and OSSTF, could take workplace action in the weeks ahead, though bargaining for new contracts is said to be continuing. A good summary of the status of these matters can be found here.

Getting back to the local sports scene, high school football convenor Mitch Zappitelli officially announced on Monday that all scheduled games “involving Glengarry, Tagwi, and CCVS will be postponed.” The Gaels were 1-1 in action thus far, while the Warriors had yet to play, with their previously slated contests already postponed for other reasons. The Raiders were 0-1.

Glengarry Gaels club president Ian Parent took to the club’s Facebook page, announcing, “Our scheduled game for Friday, October 4 [versus CCVS] will be postponed, and practices for this week have been cancelled. We are hoping for a quick resolution and are following the situation closely.”

The impact isn’t just on students, as the Township of South Glengarry has announced the cancellation of its pickleball and badminton programs at Char-Lan District High School “until further notice.”

The understanding is that the UCDSB cancellations are, at this time, on a week-to-week basis.

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Update: The UCDSB posted a Letter to Parents late this afternoon, explaining the board’s rationale. The document can be viewed in its entirety here.

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