More school districts delaying start of summer school due to teachers’ dispute
VANCOUVER – A number of different school districts have now pushed back the start date of summer school in the hope a new contract can be reached between teachers and the provincial government.
Vancouver, Richmond, Coquitlam and Surrey have now announced that the session will not begin until July 7.
Abbotsford School District has delayed their decision by one day on when summer school might begin.
Both sides headed back to the bargaining table on Thursday but there has not been news of any significant progress yet. The BC Teachers’ Federation spokesperson Rich Overgaard said while there are no definite talks scheduled for the weekend, both sides are taking it day by day.
The Labour Relations Board has been asked to rule on whether teaching at summer school is an essential service.
“We know how important summer school is for many of our parents and students. That is why we are doing everything possible to keep summer school viable,” said Vancouver School Board superintendent Steve Cardwell. “The district will be re-evaluating the situation and providing additional information around whether summer school will proceed and will make a decision on July 3 or sooner.”
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