Superintendent Contompasis and schools throughout the city have begun preparing families for the possibility that the Boston Teachers Union may stage an illegal one-day strike on Thursday, February 15. Despite a recent order from the state Labor Relations Commission to "cease and desist" any strike planning activities, union leaders appear to be moving forward with a scheduled strike vote on February 14. BPS is sending an automated phone message and letters home to families in eight languages, alerting parents that if teachers do vote to strike, school would be cancelled for all students on February 15, and that they should begin seeking alternate child care arrangements. In the event of a strike, all employees (except bus drivers and bus monitors) would be required to report to work as usual. In his letter, the Superintendent urged families to listen to news and radio broadcasts on the night of February 14 to learn whether or not school is in session. For more information about the possible strike and ongoing negotiations, visit the BPS website.