News French-language schools to close to students Thursday SHARE ON: Kortney Kenney, staff Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 2020 (MyWestNipissingNow.com staff) All French-language schools will be closed to students on Thursday. The Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontarien (AEFO) announced it would be launching phase three of strike action. All 12,000 regular and occasional teachers who are members will walk out province-wide. This strike is expected to be followed by weekly province-wide walkouts by the union. Previously, they had instilled a work-to-rule mandate, meaning teachers stopped performing certain duties. That means French-language students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 will be out of class. The schools to be closed for the day are: Algonquin Grades 7-12 (North Bay) Christ-Roi (River Valley) Élisabeth-Bruyère Grades 7-12 (Mattawa) Franco-Cité (Sturgeon Falls) Héritage (North Bay) Jeunesse Active (Sturgeon Falls) L’Odyssée (North Bay) La Résurrection (Sturgeon Falls) Lorrain (Bonfield) Mariale (Thorne) Nipissing Ouest (Sturgeon Falls) Saint-Joseph (Sturgeon Falls) Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin (Astorville) Sainte-Anne (Mattawa) Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville (Verner) Saints-Anges (North Bay) St. Raymond (North Bay) St. Vincent (North Bay) AEFO president Remi Sabourin says this is the first time since the inception of French-language boards in 1997 that AEFO has held strikes to this level. The union and province have been trying to negotiate a new deal, but the talks have broken down. Schools will reopen on Friday.