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Some students back to school

Students at Cataline elementary school’s balanced calendar program will be back in school beginning Monday, July 7.

The Labour Relations Board (LRB) ruled the provincial program an essential service late last week, making it possible for students to complete the last three weeks of their school year.

The LRB also ruled some summer school programs an essential service, however, the decision to cancel GROW summer school programs in Williams Lake had already been made two weeks ago, said School District 27 Superintendent Mark Thiessen.

Thiessen said the decision was made due to the uncertainty of the teacher strike and the difficulty in being able to communicate with prospective students.

As for the community use of schools throughout the summer months, Thiessen said they will be reviewing all community use applications in light of recent changes, specifically that pickets have come down and support staff such as maintenance staff have been able to return to work.

Last week Thiessen also cautioned parents not to expect report cards in June for students in kindergarten through Grade 9.

“When the strike is over, it is possible that June 2014 report cards will be sent home,” Thiessen says. “Without the benefit of report cards, parents and students should assume that all students will be progressing to the next grade unless they receive information from school administrators stating otherwise.

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