Almost every school across the province will be shut down for one day next Friday.

Teachers protest outside WDSS, December 4, 2019. Photo credit: Trevor Thompson.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation, and the English and French Catholic teacher associations will stage a joint strike day.

There are roughly 200,000 teachers in the four unions, and 5000 schools across the province will be affected, including the Lambton Kent and St Clair Catholic District School Boards, and Conseil scolaire catholique Providence.

For his part, Education Minister Stephen Lecce calls the decision to strike together “irresponsible.”

The main sticking points for the unions in the months-long dispute include supports for students with special needs, class sizes, e-learning, and violence in the classroom.

The government is holding firm on its stance that it all boils down to compensation.