70-thousand students in Surrey are staying home or in child care today as schools in the province’s largest school district are behind picket lines again.
Schools in fourteen other districts are also closed, including Chilliwack, Burnaby, North and West Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast.
Surrey School District spokesperson Doug Strachan confirms parents can expect shorter report cards this year due to strike action and the partial lock out.
He says, “If we look to the past for the elementary report cards atleast, the comments weren’t there or were not what they might typically be as far as descriptions, that may be one of the changes we will see this year, but we will know more as we get closer.”
Contract talks resume later today, but there is no indication the union or the government have budged on the issue of money.
And the Labour Relations Board is expected to rule tomorrow on the validity of government-imposed lockout provisions, which include a 10% pay cut for teachers.