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Letter to Parents: Stage 2 Rotating Strike on June 12

June 09, 2014

Teacher Job Action Update – June 6, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,
The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation has informed School District 72 that, as part of the BC Teachers’ Federation Stage 2 district-by-district rotating strike action, they intend to once again strike all school districts. Our district will be picketed on Thursday, June 12.
For safety reasons and as there will be no instruction, parents are asked to keep all children home from classes on Thursday, June 12 unless you hear otherwise from the school district website (www.sd72.bc.ca) or through our automated telephone and email system. Bus service will not be available on Thursday, June 12.
All School District 72 schools will resume classroom instruction on Friday, June 13.
The provincial government through its bargaining agent, the BC Public School Employers’ Association, initiated a responsive partial lockout of teachers and a subsequent 10% reduction in teachers’ pay on Monday, May 26.
For more information about the job action, and lockout from the Ministry of Education:
Parents might also wish to review information posted on the BCTF website, www.bctf.ca; local teachers’ union website, www.crdta.ca; and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) website, www.bcpsea.bc.ca.
We also encourage parents to keep up-to-date by checking the school district website at www.sd72.bc.ca
If you have more specific questions about school-related matters during the strike and lockout, please contact your school principal directly. Additional questions and concerns can be emailed to jobaction@sd72.bc.ca. Emails will be responded to within 24 hours.
Tom Longridge
Superintendent of Schools, School District 72