In January, following the news that secondary teachers, as part of current job action, will no longer provide “on-calls,” Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) senior administration asked all secondary schools to reschedule extracurricular activities to take place after the school day. Without on-calls, where one teacher will replace an absent teacher, the limited availability of supply teachers needs to be reserved for classroom teacher absences other than extracurricular activities (e.g. illness, leaves, bereavements, etc.). This rescheduling was not possible for all events and consequently some were cancelled. The school board has worked with area athletic associations to arrange as many sports league games to take place after school hours as possible, understanding that rescheduling championship games would continue to be problematic.
This week, TLDSB senior administration provided the opportunity for championship events to take place if secondary schools can provide supervision that does not take a teacher out of a classroom. Where possible, schools have found non-teaching staff to supervise championship events. Again, this is not always possible, so not all championship events are necessarily able to take place at this time.
A provincial commitment to host the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Nordic Ski Championship was made by the school board some time ago. Significant community sponsorship, contributions, and volunteer commitments have been established and so this event, scheduled to take place in Huntsville, will proceed as planned. Some teachers are permitted to accompany Huntsville High School students to participate in the OFSAA Nordic ski qualifier and the OFSAA Nordic Championship. The qualifier is a prerequisite for participation in the OFSAA event being hosted by their home school.