In a press release issued Monday afternoon, The Brandon School Division announced they would be laying off more than 200 staff. The layoffs affect 156 educational assistants as well as 49 custodial assistants, 38 bus drivers, and 2 secretarial positions. The layoff process started last Thursday evening and continued into the weekend. Several other school divisions in the province have already announced they have temporarily reduced its workforce because of COVID-19.
From today’s release, “We value the contribution of our support staff and look forward to resuming our relationships in a post COVID-19 operation. We also want to extend a big public thank-you for our staff’s professionalism and understanding as we worked through the layoff process. They made it as easy as possible on the team, including CUPE, to deliver this news.”