We continue to closely monitor the situation between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Public School Employers’ Association and remain hopeful that both parties will be able to begin mediation this weekend with Vince Ready.
In the meantime, the Campbell River District Teachers’ Association has informed School District 72 that they will picket the following district schools and offices on Friday, August 29:
• Quadra Elementary
• Penfield Elementary
• Phoenix Middle School
• Southgate Middle School
• Carihi Secondary
• Timberline Secondary (pickets will be at the Rockland Road entrance so as not to impact North Island College’s orientation session)
• School Board Office, 425 Pinecrest Road
Unfortunately, these locations will not be able to process new student registrations on Friday, August 29 as other unionized staff may not cross these picket lines and the school offices will be closed.
Parents and guardians can still email these schools of their intention to register and staff will follow up with them as soon as possible. All school websites and contact information can be found on the district website at www.sd72.bc.ca/schools
At this point, we still do not know whether schools will be able to open as scheduled on September 2. We encourage parents, guardians and students to continue to monitor the school district website, secondary school websites, district Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the local media for updates.
School District 72 will post more information as it becomes available.
Thomas G.S. Longridge
Superintendent of Schools