Rotating teacher strike on June 12

Parents urged to keep students home, other arrangements

The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) has informed School District #27 it will be withdrawing teaching services in SD27 on Thursday (June 12), says schools superintendent Mark Thiessen.

During that time, schools and other locations will likely be picketed.

“Should this occur, I also expect each school will have very limited, and in some case, no teaching or support staff to supervise students.”

While schools will continue to be open and principals and vice-principals will be present, there will be no instruction. For safety reasons, Thiessen asks parents to keep all children home from classes on June 12, and he will be directing the buses not to run that day.

Most programs will not be running in the district schools on June 12, including all StrongStart programs, before and after-school daycares, or use by community user groups (on a rotating strike day, pickets are considered to be up from midnight to midnight).

For further information regarding items related to the current job action and lockout, visit the SD27 website at www.sd27.bc.ca. On the link entitled “Questions and Answers re Strike and Lockout,” you will find more information regarding extracurricular activities, field trips, and teachers being covered by WorkSafeBC during the lockout.

Classes will resume as normal on Friday (June 13).