Programs for families impacted by teachers’ strike

The City of Markham is once again offering day camps and drop-in programs for families impacted by rotating teacher strikes.

York Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools and York Region District School Board (YRDSB) secondary schools will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 4 because of the strikes. YRDSB elementary schools are scheduled to be closed on Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 7.

Offerings for children ages three to 17 include adventure camp, crafts, family movies, scavenger hunt, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities, storytime, a virtual reality experience, Markham Moves Exhibition and more. Visit markham.ca/SchoolClosures for a complete list of programs offered by the City and information for parents.

Drop-in programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and regular fees apply. Children ages nine years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all drop-in and library programs. Registered programs are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online through ezReg, in person at your nearest community centre or by calling the Contact Centre at 905-477-5530.

The City says it will closely monitor the strike situation and increase participation numbers and programming or cancel programs depending on the situation. Fees will be refunded at no penalty if schools remain open. Any withdrawals prior to the end of school closure will follow the City’s refund policy. Markham crossing guards will not be on duty during school closures.

The provincial government has announced financial support to families for childcare during school closures due to a strike. Learn about eligibility and how to submit an application at ontario.ca/SupportforParents or call the helpline at 1-888-444-3770.

Image of the Markham Moves Exhibition Opening courtesy of the City of Markham. 

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