EQAO testing will not go ahead this week for elementary students under the Keewatin Patricia District School Board.

The announcement comes as elementary teachers continue to take part in work action, while they remain without a contract. The director of education at the KPDSB, Sean Monteith, explained the situation.

"Part of the phase one job action was a withdrawal of some services. That includes the non-participation of the teachers in the EQAO assessments in Grades 3 and 6. So, for public boards across the province, there will be a deferral of Grade 3 and 6 assessments," he said.

Monteith added that students now in Grades 3 and 6 will not have to take the test next year in the fall. It will simply pass on to the next year of Grade 3 and 6 students assuming a contract can be negotiated.

As for secondary teachers, Monteith says they'll be in much of the same situation, as the elementary teachers.

"Locally, we have a very good relationship with our bargaining units and teaching staff. Similar to the elementary experience, matters and circumstances beyond our control are playing out in more southern parts of Ontario. So, where this goes at this moment is really anybody's guess, including my own," he said.

Monteith said the provincial government is in for a tough summer with elementary, secondary and Catholic teachers all without contracts. He is confident, though, that a strike will not affect students under the KPDSB before the end of the school year.

"Strike action that is taking place elsewhere in the province are local strikes. In terms of job action between our teachers, here and the end of the year, I don't see that happening," he said. "I'm hopeful parties that are making decisions at a higher level will hammer those issues out over the summer months, so that there is no conversation about job action, as we head into a new school year."

For more information:
Elementary teachers union local explains job action
Director of education confident no strike on Monday