Last Update: September 2023

If you have a question, concern, need clarification, want to double-check, or wish to run a scenario by the Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local, please contact our local president.

Where can I see job postings? 

BWDSB is now posting all positions (internal and external) on ApplytoEducation. A BWDSB employee account has been created for you with ApplytoEducation (Simplication). Click here to log into your employee account.  Select ‘Login Using Employee Email Address’, enter your BWDSB [email protected] in the ‘School Board Email Address, and click continue. Internal job postings will continue to be advertised on SharePoint: Internal Job Postings

Who is eligible to apply to Long Term Occasional (LTO) Positions?

Bluewater Elementary LTO Teacher List and Bluewater Elementary Occasional Teacher Roster candidates are considered at the same time, before external applicants (on Apply to Education) based on the criteria set forth in Policy/Program Memorandum No. 165:

  • Ontario College of Teachers’ membership, in good standing
  • Ontario College of Teachers’ qualifications
  • Best possible program and safety and well-being of students
  • Merit and additional qualifications and experience
  • Diversity and equity
  • Early-career educators

When can I apply for Permanent Positions?

For permanent postings, if you are not yet part-time permanent, you are eligible to apply to the permanent postings that are labelled as External, and they will be hired based on the criteria set forth in PPM 165 (as above). 

Can I apply to other positions while in an LTO?
This is a bit tricky, but let’s break it down into these scenarios:

Can I accept more than one LTO at the same time?
You can apply to add a 0.4 Monday/Tuesday LTO if you are in a 0.2 Friday LTO. If two LTOs schedules don’t overlap, go for it.

Can I leave my current LTO for another LTO?
In general, you can apply to any LTO position that would improve your situation and leave the other LTO. Improving your situation would mean increasing FTE or a longer LTO. It does not mean a preferred school or grade. Barring extenuating circumstances, you should not apply to a 0.3 LTO where you need to give up a 0.8 LTO.

Can I leave my LTO for a small piece of a permanent position?
Yes, you can give up any amount of LTO in favour of any sized FTE permanent position.

Can I accept a small piece of permanent and immediately go on leave to finish my LTO?
When you have a 1.0 LTO and apply and obtain a small piece of permanent, you can not immediately go on leave from the permanent and finish the LTO, due to language in the Permanent Teacher Collective Agreement. You would be leaving the LTO entirely.

Can I leave part of my LTO to accept a piece of a permanent position?
There's no requirement for the Administrator, for instance, to break up a 1.0 LTO to keep you the 4 days if you left to take a permanent position on one day. They may, if they feel they would have a hard time filling the full time LTO, but they may also want to keep it intact, for consistency in that classroom, in which case you would have to give up the 1.0 LTO. It is the administrator's choice, you can ask, but it's not a requirement that they do so.

Can I work part-time permanent and part-time as an OT?
When you have a piece of permanent, you can certainly also work LTOs and Daily OT assignments if it works with your schedule. Keep in mind in order to remain on the OT Roster you must complete a minimum of 15 OT assignments in a year.

Can I accept a permanent position and continue to apply to other permanent positions?
If you accept a permanent position during the summer but see other permanent positions of interest you can continue to apply and interview for them as well. If you accept a new permanent position, inform the previous administrator immediately so the position can be re-posted.

What happened to Ontario Regulation 274/12? 
Ontario Regulation 274/12 was filed by the provincial government on September 11, 2012, under the Education Act. The regulation established steps all publicly funded school boards were required to follow when hiring for long-term occasional (LTO) and new permanent teaching positions. Under the regulation, school boards had to establish and maintain two occasional teacher lists: a roster of occasional teachers; and a long-term occasional teachers’ list. An occasional teacher’s ranking on the roster is based on seniority.

The Ministry of Education revoked Regulation 274 on October 29, 2020 and replaced it with an interim policy. This was ultimately replaced by the current Board Hiring Policy in accordance with the Policy/ Program Memorandum No. 165 on March 31, 2021.