Teachers' opposition to Bill 22 has resulted in many teachers standing down from extra-curricular involvement. That stance may be strengthened through a province-wide vote being conducted by the BCTF of its members on April 17-18. This update contains information on the status of extra-curricular activities for the spring in Saanich.
On May, 2, 2012 the Board of Education will decide whether or not to adopt a 2012/13 calendar with a two-week spring break.
We are requesting feedback to the attached document that can be viewed below
by May 1, 2012 at 5:00pm
Teachers are returning to all normal duties including preparing report cards, communicating with administrators, doing playground supervision and more. The end of the strike came about because of government intervention to end a stalled collective bargaining process. Bill 22, which received Royal Assent on March 15, 2012, ends collective bargaining (and thus the strike) and creates a mediation process between the BCTF and the BC Public School Employers' Association. That mediation is to conclude by the end of June.
As of Thursday March 8, 2012 teachers will have returned from a three-day withdrawal of services. Schools are ALL open and operating on their normal schedules. Until the passage of Bill 22 in the provincial legislature teachers across the province will remain in "phase one" job action. This means that teachers will not be communicating with administrators, completing report cards, doing playground duty, attending staff meetings or other duties previously legally withheld under an order of the Labour Relations Board. Once Bill 22 is enacted, the job action will cease and teachers will resume their normal contractual duties. This could occur sometime during the week of March 12th, but until the bill passes the BCTF is within its legal right to have teachers withdraw services one day per week. We look forward to having these matters resolved as soon as possible and will keep you updated through our website in the meantime.
The Board of Education's February public meeting, scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2012 will provide the public and our Saanich learning community with a chance to hear more about some key district directions.