Hundreds of students across BC who attend year-round schools will likely be back in the classroom next week.
The BC Teachers Federation says picket lines will be lifted at five schools which operate on year-round calendars.
Langley Teachers Association President Gail Chaddock-Costello says students at Douglas Park could return to school Monday.
“If we were not to allow them to return to work in July it would mean that in addition to the 13 days, they would have an additional 9 days of pay loss. So to ensure that they are not unduly treated, or treated more harshly than any other teacher in terms of pay loss, we are trying to accommodate them, and at the same time to be equitable for students.”
Al Klassen with the Richmond Teachers’ Association says the executive decided to remove pickets from schools which operate on alternative calendars, but would teacher’s pay still be docked 10-percent?
“That’s a good question, and that’s all parts and parcel of things that need to be sorted out, we do not know that, we have similar concerns and issues.”
Deanna Lackey with the Parent Advisory Council at Kanaka Elementary in Maple Ridge says parents are relieved.
“It’s going to provide great relief for those of us with grade seven students, knowing that they will get the majority of their curriculum completed, to allow them to be in line with the other grade 7 students coming in to the same high school.”
No word if the partial lock out would be lifted for those handfuls of teachers.