Re: Update on Teacher Job Action
As you are likely aware, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) reached a tentative agreement early this morning. This welcome news brings us much closer to having students return to school!
The next steps include ratification of the agreement by the two parties. Teachers will be voting this Thursday across the province, while Boards of Education are meeting to ratify the agreement by Friday.
If the ratifications pass, we are hopeful that teachers will be available to work starting next Monday, September 22. Should this occur, Monday will be the first day of the 2014-15 school year as was planned for Sept. 2. Each school will have its own start-up hours and schedule, which will be posted on their websites. For example, Monday will be a half-day at all schools; secondary schools may have different grades report on different days and kindergarten students will have a phase-in period.
Although students have been away from school for awhile, it is important that we ensure their return to school is well planned and deliberate.
I am very excited by today’s news, but am tempering my enthusiasm realizing that there are a number of steps that must happen prior to the return to school. Parents are advised to monitor the media and check back frequently to District and school websites.
Superintendent of Schools