As the teachers labour dispute drags on schools which operate on a year-round basis are also being hit hard. Deanna Packey is with the Kanaka Creek Parent Advisory Council in Maple Ridge, one of five schools in the province that operate on the alternative calendar. She says is the strike continues, students could be out a total of 36 educational days, leaving grade seven students ill prepared for high school.
“The teachers at Kanaka next year will know what those students have missed, our grade 7 students will be transitioning into high school with all the other filtering schools coming in as well, and those children within a couple days met their entire curriculum requirements, and our children will have missed that by six weeks.”
The government is asking the Labour Relations Board to declare year-round schools an essential service.