Disciplinary Letter for Carelessness Must Be Amended

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2011

While some discipline was warranted for a teacher who inadvertently lost track of 10 primary school students during a field trip, the employer was nevertheless required to correct inaccuracies and mischaracterizations in the letter of discipline.

A teacher with more than 20 years’ experience, it was J.B.’s practice to take her students on 10 to 12 field trips per year. Over her career, J.B. had managed these field trips without serious incident until a trip to nearby York University went awry.

With a volunteer taking the rear of the line, J.B. took the lead and directed the class on the 12-minute walk to the university where they met a graduate student who acted as guide for the day.