Local students are getting more time off this week as the province and several teachers unions remain far apart on a deal.

Elementary students in the District School Board Ontario North East will be off today (Monday) as part of the rotating strikes, and Thursday for a province wide walkout.

Talks with the province broke off on Friday.

On Tuesday the Secondary School teachers and Ontario English Catholic school teachers are holding province wide strikes.

Wages, class size and E learning remain the major issues.