Brampton To Offer Full-Day Camps If Schools Close Next Week

 

Peel District School Board (PDSB) and Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) schools will be closed starting Monday, Oct. 7 if a settlement is not reached and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) strike proceeds. 

Earlier this week, the CUPE--which is currently in work-to-rule across Ontario--announced that it would begin a full withdrawal of services (strike action) across the province on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, unless progress is made at the central bargaining table.

The PDSB says CUPE members—administrative assistants, food service workers, library technicians, and custodial, maintenance and audio/visual repair staff—play an important safety role and are responsible for daily health and safety checks. 

"Since we do not know how long the strike will last, we recommend that you begin making alternate plans for the care of your children, in the event that a strike proceeds,” says the school board.

Thus, the City of Brampton will offer full-day camps at select community centres across the city for as long as schools remain closed. 

The city will offer camps at the following locations:

  • Brampton Soccer Centre
  • Gore Meadows Community Centre
  • Ken Giles Recreation Centre
  • Cassie Campbell Recreation Centre
  • Earnscliffe Recreation Centre
  • Greenbriar Recreation Centre

There may be changes to locations as more community centres confirm. However, programming will only be available for children aged four to 13.

Parents can visit any City of Brampton Recreation Centre to enroll their children in the program at any time during business hours. A credit or refund will be provided if PDSB and/or DPCDSB resume classes. 

Parents can also enroll in before and aftercare, which is from 7:30 to 9 a.m and 4:30 to 6 p.m. 

Children are advised to bring a nutritious, nut-free lunch, snacks and a refillable water bottle to camp.

For more information, click here.

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