On April 22nd I informed you that members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation were commencing strike action effective April 23rd. As you know, teachers across the Province have been withdrawing many administrative services since that time.
Although negotiations between the BC Public School Employer’s Association (as the representative of the Ministry of Education) and the BC Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) have continued, the parties have not reached a settlement.
We have now been informed that in addition to the withdrawal of administrative and many volunteer services normally performed by Teachers, the members of the BCTF will fully remove services on a rotating basis throughout the Province.
As part of this action, Teachers in SD8 (Kootenay Lake) will participate in a fullwithdrawal of service on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Please do not send your children to school on that day. Because we will not be able to accommodate students in our schools, no transportation services will be provided that day. The following day, Friday, May 30th is a scheduled School Planning Day and therefore classes will not be in session. Schools will open again on Monday, June 2, 2014.
Please watch our website (www.sd8.bc.ca) for updates regarding the BCTF Strike Action.
For more information I urge you to check the following websites:
British Columbia School Employers’ Association: www.bcpsea.bc.ca
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation: www.bctf.ca
Jeff Jones, Superintendent of Schools/CEO