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Superintendent says schools to remain closed unless teacher strike ends

All School District 27 schools will remain closed until further notice unless there is a resolution soon to the teacher dispute.

"As we near our regular school startup time there is much uncertainty as to whether we will be able to start on time," Superintendent Mark Thiessen said in his report to parents Wednesday.

"While we remain hopeful that a negotiated provincial settlement can be reached before school for students is supposed to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 3, we have no way of knowing if this will be the case."

As of Wednesday, Thiessen said local schools are back behind picket lines.

As long as the dispute continues he said most most programs will not be running in the district. This includes the StrongStart programs, before and after-school daycares, and community use of schools.

However, he said the full-day daycares that occupy space in school facilities will continue to operate if they did so during the last two weeks of June. He asks parents who have questions regarding their particular full-day daycare provider to confirm the status of the daycare.

For more information check out the School District 27 website at www.sd27.bc.ca.

"If a provincial agreement is reached or there is other emergent news, we will inform parents about the status of schools as quickly as we can through our website and local media outlet," Thiessen says.

For other updates check out www.bcpsea.bc.ca and www.bctf.ca

"This has been a very difficult time for everyone involved," Thiessen says. "We thank you for your continued patience and will continue to do our best to keep you informed in a timely manner."

 

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