Friday, August 29, 2014

Parents News

District Optimistic

Partial day Tuesday if schools open

Released by School District 33/Voice file photo

Chilliwack teachers take part in a protest march in June.


he purpose of this letter is to provide you with an update regarding the 2014/2015 school start-up. As you may be aware, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) have been speaking with mediator Vince Ready with regard to continuing to negotiate a new contract, which is heartening.


Schools opening following Labour Day continues to be uncertain. There has been no information provided to districts that school opening will be Tuesday, September 2. If there is a deal, likely the process and timing for schools opening will be part of those final conversations with the BCTF. We are asking that parents watch the media and our website.


While we remain optimistic about a return to school after this long weekend, we encourage parents to plan for the possibility of this not occurring next week and to make childcare arrangements as needed.

We look forward to welcoming our staff and students as soon as possible, and, if Tuesday, the day will be a shortened day as we normally do on opening day. Our teachers and support staff are highly experienced and skilled and principals and vice principals have routines ready to the best of our ability. We believe we will be able to open doors and begin our opening routines even if things will be unsettled to start.

Parents are encouraged to check our website and follow the local media for any changes over the long weekend. Parents can also check the BC government website information for parents regarding Teacher bargaining updates and information:

We are all heading into the weekend hoping for an agreement to be reached, and what great news it would be to hear that we could start school next week.

Thank you for your continued understanding during this challenging and uncertain time.



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