Parents in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Victoria, Prince George and the Okanagan are receiving letters from school district superintendents advising them summer school will not go ahead unless a deal is reached with striking teachers. Chair of the Surrey School Board Shawn Wilson says summer school remains on the chopping block even if the Labour Relations Board designates remedial summer school an essential service.
“The fact is that with the teacher’s federation instructing members to picket schools during the summer, and then teachers would likely not be crossing picket lines.”
Victoria Superintendent Sherri Bell says it doesn’t look good.
“We certainly don’t want, especially students that haven’t passed the course in the first place, to be left to repeat it next year, so we will do whatever we can to run whatever courses that we possibly can.”
The BC Teachers Federation revealed Wednesday it does intend to set up picket lines at worksites where summer school programs are offered, if a deal isn’t reached by Monday.
About half of the province’s school districts usually run summer school.