Strike forces some changes

Looming teacher's strike brings change in operations

Dear Parents

Teachers will be starting limited job action effective immediately (Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011). This is considered Phase One of a legal strike by the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF). During Phase One, teachers will be in classrooms providing instruction, assessing student progress and taking attendance.

Currently, the strike activities will not involve any picketing. However, under Phase One of the BCTF strike, teachers will continue to teach their classes but will not perform some duties, including:

• participating in certain meetings with principals/vice principals;

• preparing or distributing report cards;

• collecting money from students or participate in fund raising;

• participating in any school photo organization;

• attending staff meetings; and,

• participating in meet the teacher activities that are outside of instructional time.

We are focused on the education and safety of our students. Schools will remain open, subject to essential services designations. Students will continue to attend classes as they normally do. District staff and the Gold Trail Teachers Association have worked together to ensure that there is appropriate supervision at each school before and after class.

Recess and lunch supervision at schools will remain unchanged as it is performed by CUPE staff members. Our priority remains that of providing the best possible learning environment for children to the best of our abilities both during the strike and after.

The School District sincerely hopes that this labour dispute will be resolved as quickly as possible. We will keep parents informed throughout whatever means possible. While we may not always be able to send information updates home with students, we will be regularly updating our website (www.sd74.bc.ca).

If you have any questions, please contact the school office, your Principal, or the School District Administration Office at 250-453-9101.

JL Teresa Downs

Superintendent