ONTARIO – High school teachers in 20 public boards, including the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Upper Canada District School Board, began selective strike action Monday.

While they aren’t walking a picket line, teachers gave stepped up their efforts in the face of the province’s Bill 115 which freezes their wages for two years and gives the province the legislative powers to strip them of their right to strike.

Teachers are still teaching and marking, but are not supervising bus drop off, lunch and hall duty or extracurricular activities.     

“We’ve been preparing for this,” said board chair Jennifer Mackenzie. “We will monitor things very closely as per student safety and make a deicing based on how things play out.”

The board could call in retired principals to help with monitoring duties if needed. If more help is needed for student safety, the board could also tap retired administrators or parent volunteers.