SCHOOLS across the Melton borough could be forced to shut next month when teaching staff strike.
Two major unions announced the action on Thursday as part of a joint campaign against pension changes and working arrangements.
A mass rally is being planned by the NUT and NASUWT on the day of the regional strike on October 1.
Leicestershire NUT secretary Andy Reeve said: “Following the continued refusal of the Secretary of State, Michael Gove, to genuinely engage with us to resolve our trade disputes with him, plans are in place for the next stage of industrial action.
“Teachers will attend regional rallies to show their anger, frustration and concern. Plans are also in place for a one-day, all-out national strike before the end of the autumn term.”
It will be up to individual headteachers to decide whether a school can remain open.
However, union leaders hope that the early notification will give parents time to find alternative childcare on the day.
Mr Reeve added: “The vast majority of schools in Melton are now academies. They will be receiving notification letters directly whereas in the case of local authority controlled schools the letter will go to the authority as the employer.”
John Ferneley College principal Chris Robinson had a consultative meeting with the unions yesterday.
He said: “In light of this information I’ll be contacting parents. I understand how teachers feel but I’m yet to be persuaded strike action is the right way of expressing their views.”
Jon Sherwin, executive principal at MV16 and Belvoir High School, said: “I’ve asked the union reps what is going on. They are due to attend regional meetings later this week and then will ballot members next week.”
Rob Garrett, principal at Long Field Academy, said: “We ask staff to inform us of their intentions as to the proposed action. Depending on the number of staff in each union we then decide the best course of action.
“It’s unlikely we’d have to close fully and students with impending examinations would be prioritised. There are also work packages available remotely in order to minimise the impact on students and their families.”