General news and announcements

Provincial Exam Information from the Ministry of Education

The decision to alter the exams for public school students in English 10, Social Studies 11 and Sciences Humaines 11 was not taken lightly.

This decision was based on concerns raised by a number of public school Superintendents related to quality and validity of the marking in their district and region.

These 65,000 plus exams are locally marked and require a level of subject-area expertise that is not available in the majority of school districts because of BCTF job action.

Important Information for Parents and Students

The Saanich School District will be behind picket lines tomorrow Friday June 13. Classes will not be in session and parents are advised to keep their children at home. This rotating strike day is certain.

Host Families Wanted for Saanich International Student Program

The Saanich International Student Program is currently recruiting families to host international students who will attend Saanich District schools in grades 8–12. Due to increased interest in our district by international students we are looking for great host families to ensure the continued success of the home stay aspect of our program.

Students range in age from 13-18 and stay for 5-10 months. Reimbursement to families is $800 per month. If you would like more information please contact our office at 250-655-2720 or visit our web site.

BCTF Rotating Strikes Continue

This message is to provide parents notice that on Monday, June 2, Saanich School District schools will again be behind picket lines. Parents are strongly encouraged to keep children at home. There will be no bus transportation on Monday. Classes will resume on Tuesday June 3 and will continue for the rest of the week. We apologize for this inconvenience and will keep you updated as the days progress. Bargaining continues between teachers and the employers'; association this week and we encourage you to follow the news about any potential settlement over the next few days and weeks.

Information for Parents during BCTF Strike Action

Parents, students, teachers and administrators all want to see a negotiated settlement reached with the BCTF leadership. Unfortunately, negotiations sometimes require that the parties use the available labour relations tools, such as strikes and lockouts, to help reach an agreement. The attached information clarifies what the union's strike and the employer's response to the strike might mean to parents and students.

Partial Teacher Lockout Starting May 26

As parents are aware, teachers are staging a one day strike on Tuesday, May 27. As a result of this action, the BC Public Schools Employers' Association has implemented a partial lockout of teachers starting Monday, May 26 that will have some effect on schools in the upcoming days. The lockout does not affect the instructional day and extra-curricular activities may occur as usual.

BC Teachers Strike Action and Recess

Dear parents and students in the Saanich School District community,