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Labour strife has suspended organized sports and extra-curriculars in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

Mountain parents ask Hamilton school board to take teacher requirement out of extracurricular equation

Asking for change in policy that allows ‘children to be used as pawns’ during labour strife

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Parents at an east Mountain elementary school want their children to have extracurricular activities regardless of whether teachers are present.
Teachers have halted their supervision of school sports teams and other activities during their battle with the province over Bill 115.
The school council at Highview elementary has asked the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board to change current policy and allow parents to run activities.
“We believe that HWDSB policies should be written so as not to permit our children to be used as pawns and that HWDSB policies should not prevent parents/caregivers and community volunteers from facilitating the extracurricular activities that our children deserve,” school council chair Jay Lockwood wrote in a letter to board chair Tim Simmons.
Lockwood said parents and students should be able to use school facilities and equipment despite “regardless of the willingness, or availability, whatever the reason, of any individual, organization or group, of any kind whatsoever.”
Laura Peddle, the trustee for Ward 6, which includes the Highview area, said she believes the proposal has merit and should be reviewed by the board’s policy committee.
“That said, there may be (provincial) legislation that precludes implementation exactly as stated,” she said.
HWDSB chair Simmons did not respond to Mountain News’ requests for comment on the Highview proposal.

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