August 28, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians:
This letter provides an update (as of 10:00 a.m., August 28, 2014) on the provincial labour dispute and its impact on schools in the Sooke School District. As you may appreciate, information is changing daily, if not hourly, and some of the information I am sharing may be out of date at the time of reading.
As you are likely aware, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) are currently attempting to reach a negotiated settlement to their collective agreement. This effort has been ongoing for the last year and currently, teachers are on a legal strike.
At this time it is unclear whether schools will open as scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.
Recent developments between the parties and Minister of Education, as well as the appointed mediator, appear to be ongoing. Should a decision to return to work happen over the next four days, the District will publish that information immediately on our website (www.sd62.bc.ca).
If a settlement is not reached, schools will be behind picket lines and no instruction will be available for students. Principals and Vice-Principals will be in schools; however, students cannot be safely accommodated. Should any students mistakenly arrive at school while picket lines are up the Principal shall keep that student at the office until they can be safely returned to home.
I encourage parents to seek and plan for alternative childcare arrangements.
It is my sincere hope that the labour issue is resolved quickly and will not disrupt this school year. To stay up- to-date parents may want to monitor the media over this weekend for any developments.
Thank you for your understanding as we all hope for a quick return to classes.
Sooke Elementary dates back to 1891. We have the claim
to fame of being the oldest school in B.C. situated on its original site.
Sooke Elementary prides itself on being a warm and
welcoming community of enthusiastic students, staff, and families.
Social Contract - what we believe:
We are an accountable, commited, and caring community where learning flourishes. (Staff)
We believe that through honest, loving, respectful communication, we will provide a safe place to c.h.i.l.
(communication, honesty, equality, love). (Parents)