Emotions ranged from relief to anger Friday morning as parents dropped their children off at public elementary schools across the city.
“I’m glad that the daycare’s open at least,” said Doris Luckert of Nepean after walking her daughter, 9, into Agincourt Road PS.
“I would’ve had to take off work, because I don’t have any other alternative.”
Schools were originally closed due to political protests by teachers, but a 4:30 a.m. decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled a walkout illegal,
“It was a little too late,” said a west-end parent who didn’t want to be named.
“(I) already had made childcare arrangements elsewhere, so it ended up costing me $50 a day regardless… But I lost a little bit of money, and
I’m sure I’m not the only one.”
Schools were open for supervision but no classes were held.
That had another parent perplexed.
“Well it’s kind of pointless, you know, if they’re open I’d prefer the kids were actually doing something like getting an education like they’re
supposed to,” said Andy Doraty.
Since he was on solo daddy duty, Doraty said he had to use a vacation day to look after his daughters, who are in junior kindergarten and Grade 5.
“I’d rather spend my vacation days on vacation. And my work day’s already busy as it is, so Monday’s just going to be that much more busier because
I’m going to have to catch up on two days’ work,” said Doraty.
His older daughter had a playdate arranged with a friend from school, he said.
“And the little one and I, I don’t know, we might get a little tobogganing in, or a little play in the snow. But we’ll see, we’ll take it easy
today,” said Doraty.
Many parents feel sympathetic toward teachers, said Doraty.
“I’d rather see people negotiated with and treated fairly, with respect, but at the same time, you know, it’s the people that are held hostage. So that’s the way it goes, right?,” he said.
“We’re stuck in the middle, so hopefully this isn’t going to happen too often.”
Sherry Pang of Dunrobin felt otherwise.
“It’s so frustrating,” said Pang, who was at a hockey tournament.
“All the parents feel the same way. They’re just so pissed off and angry about it. There’s absolutely no sympathy for the teachers at all.”