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Letter to Parents: Stage 1 Strike Action Update

May 15, 2014

​May 15, 2014

Dear Parent / Guardian,

As you are aware, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) began Stage 1 strike action at the end of April stemming from their contract negotiations with the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA). While negotiations are continuing, we wanted to update parents on what may occur if the parties are not successful in reaching a settlement before the end of the school year.

We understand the BCTF may choose to escalate their strike action, which could include rotating school closures, possibly on a school district-by-school district basis. Under their essential services designation, the BCTF is required to provide school districts with 48 hours of notice before the start of any rotating strike activity and 72 hours of notice before the start of a province-wide strike.

Should strike action escalate, parents / guardians will be notified as quickly as possible. Parents / guardians will receive a telephone call and email home using the district’s automated notification system and additional notification will be provided through the local radio stations and on the district website (www.sd72.bc.ca).

Unfortunately, due to the current and potential escalation of strike action, field trips and other year-end activities may need to be changed or cancelled. At this point, the district has received no indication that secondary school graduation ceremonies will be affected.

Should the BCTF strike action continue into the summer, Summer School may also need to be cancelled. At this point, we have proceeded with developing course offerings and will continue to accept registrations. If Summer School has to be cancelled parents of registered students will be notified as quickly as possible.

Some secondary school courses will still be available during the summer months through our distributed learning program, 72 Ways 2 Learn. For more information, visit www.sd72.bc.ca/school/distributedlearning.

Should you have additional questions or concerns, please email jobaction@sd72.bc.ca. Emails will be responded to within 24 hours. If you need more specific information about school-related matters during job action, please contact your school principal directly.

Sincerely,

Tom Longridge
Superintendent of Schools, School District 72