Communiqué: Early Release of Students and Operational Days


// Communiqué – Early Release of Students and Operational Days

Due to the recent announcement by Government regarding the early release of students for the winter break to allow operational days for teachers and school administrators, the NBTF would like to offer the following clarifications to its members.

The operational days are intended to prepare for the January 10th re-entry.

Teachers whose students have been released early (K-6 on Friday Dec. 17 & grades 7-8 on Tuesday Dec. 21):

  • Will report to their school (exception for teachers who are assigned home as indicated below)
  • Will follow their normal hours of work;
  • Will prepare for the return of their students in January, as directed by their school administration;
  • May be asked to cover for another teacher, but can refuse.

School Administrators can expect teachers whose students have been released early to:

  • Perform their normal duty/supervision schedule;
  • Attend any scheduled staff meetings;
  • If sick or absent, teachers will be replaced with a supply teacher if they have student contact (teaching or supervision) scheduled during the day.

All NBTF members who are unable to secure childcare and need to stay home with their dependent school-aged children (K-6) who are 12 years old and under (or children who require supervised care):

  • Will make every reasonable effort to find arrangements;
  • Will be required to use their Family Day, if not yet used;
  • Will be assigned to work from home with pay, and will be replaced with a supply teacher.

Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the NBTF at 1-888-679-7044 or


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