UPDATED: Parents scramble for childcare as teachers’ strike continues

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Parents are scrambling to find alternate care for their kids with the teachers’ strike putting a halt on the first day of public school.

Across the street from the school where many kids should be today is the Kensington Community Centre, which hosts a day camp.

Marites Guerrerro says she and her Grade 4 son have different opinions on school not being back as scheduled.”He’s happy school’s not in, but for me I’m not happy.”

Instead of walking her son to his first day of Grade 2 at Tecumseh School Annex today, Reine Tabique is instead taking him to the day camp.

She says this is not what she wants: “I’d rather have my child to be in school rather than day camp because I believe students should get a good education.”

Tabique says until school returns, she’ll tutor her son at home.

This camp is only $99 a week and a supervisor says only 10 children so far have registered.

The Kensington Community Centre Day Camp is one of dozens being offered in Metro Vancouver.

Travel agent Claire Newell says many parents are calling to arrange a vacation with their family.

“Couples getaways or for people who are retired, we’re looking at their snowbird trips or we’re looking at their Christmas and New Year’s packages. Certainly not family vacations in September. Kids are supposed to be back in school.”

Newell says with all other kids back in school, some popular destinations will be quite empty.

Playland will open its gates a day early for the next three weekends as the strike drags on.

“We have definitely seen in the past 72 hours a significant increase in the amount of parents phoning asking if there would be either an extension of the fair, which was not viable,” says spokesperson Laura Balance. “We felt this was a good compromise and certainly this morning we have been quite inundated with people trying to see if Playland will be open.”

Comments

  1. Maybe i’m missing something here, but what do parents do with their kids during the summer when they have more than 60 days off ? Why is the first day of school in September any different from the many days off that teachers get throughout the regular school year ?
    Just asking !!

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