An update on summer school 2014June 26, 2014
There have been a few recent developments in the government-teacher contract dispute, although none occurred at the bargaining table.
The B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) says its members will picket summer school if there is no deal by June 30. Not all school districts offer summer school and some have already cancelled it.
Others remain hopeful. Several districts – such as Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby and Coquitlam – have announced they are delaying the start of summer school until July 7 in the hope the parties will have settled by then. They will make a decision July 3 about whether to proceed.
In a release, the Vancouver district said it typically has 17,000 registrations for summer school, including remedial classes and courses for students who want to improve their grades or get a jump on the next semester.
“We know how important summer school is for many of our parents and students. That is why we are doing everything possible to keep summer school viable,” Vancouver superintendent Steve Cardwell stated.
Everyone is waiting for a ruling by the B.C. Labour Relations Board – now expected Friday – on whether remedial summer school classes for secondary students should be declared an essential service, as requested by government.
The application, which can be found here, also seeks an essential-services designation for the province’s five elementary schools that have balanced calendars (with classes continuing throughout July) and for students in custodial or health-care facilities.
As of mid-afternoon Thursday, no further contract talks were scheduled.
I am a guest blogger for BCCPAC and do not speak for the organization.