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Update on Teacher Job Action

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.

March 2012 Board Meeting

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.

Teacher Strike March 5 to 7, 2012

On Thursday March 1, 2012 the British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) served notice that teachers across BC will be on strike from Monday March 5 through Wednesday March 7. This full withdrawal of services by teachers has been authorized by the Labour Relations Board (LRB) as part of the provincial collective bargaining process. The school district will respect this legal action. The LRB has ruled that teachers are not to set up picket lines, and that all other employees are expected to go to work.

Saanich Parks & Recreation Announcement

Please see attached poster for details regarding registry of children for pro-d style service during the teacher strike. 

Day Camps from Panorama Rec Centre

Day camps will be offered through Panorama Recreation Centre on March 6 & 7 at Greenglade Community Centre. Details are as follows:
Day Camp
Ages 5-10
Looking for a fun way to spend your day? Join us for an action-packed day of games, sports, group activities and arts & crafts! Daily registration is $40/day. Pre & post camp care are available at no additional cost for campers. Registration is required for both pre and post care. Location: Greenglade Community Centre – Room #7
70292 Tuesday, March 6th 9am-4pm 1/$40

Diskless clients and open source software saving energy & hundreds of thousands of dollars

The challenge districts are now facing is how to provide cost-effective, relevant, current, sustainable, environmentally conscious and ubiquitous access to resources that work for today's educational outcomes and simultaneously anticipate the future. School district technology plans are usually developed around a three to five year cycle to anticipate funding, resourcing, planning, implementation and professional development opportunities.

Our Superintendent - Blogging and Tweeting

For those of you who are interested in the views from Saanich as expressed by our Superintendent Dr. Keven Elder, you may wish to follow him on Twitter (@kevenelder) or on his blog (www.kevenelder.com). His latest blog entries are entitled Why Move Recess and Leadership is Win-Win... Unless it's a Snow Day.