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August 29, 2014 – Letter to Parents from SD48


Dear Parents:

We know you are all anxiously awaiting a resolution the the current labour dispute.  No news yet but we do have an update from SD48 Superintendent of Schools Lisa McCullough.  Please click on the link below to download the pdf.

PDF DOWNLOAD:  140929_Aug 29 2014 Letter to Parents

We will do our best to keep this page updated as we get more info.  


BCTF, Ministry of Education, Press Release, SD48

Open Letter from Sea to Sky Teachers Association

Dear Parents:

We received the attached letter yesterday via the Sea to Sky District PAC.  Please note that we are receiving lots of information through this channel from all sides of the dispute.  By sharing it, we are in no way suggesting that either the BCTF or the Ministry of Education is right or wrong.  We will continue to share information as we receive it so that you can understand both sides of the issues at hand.

To read the letter, please click here.

BCTF, Ministry of Education, Press Release

Minister’s statement on BCTF strike

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2012

Ministry of Education

Minister’s statement on BCTF strike

VICTORIA – Education Minister George Abbott today released a statement
regarding the decision by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation to
hold a three-day strike.

“We are truly disappointed by the union’s decision to hold a three-day
strike beginning next week. A strike of this nature will significantly
disrupt student learning and creates tremendous concern for parents and

“The union is in a legal strike position. Under the order from the Labour
Relations Board, they are able to fully withdraw for three days, but the
order is clear that schools are not to be picketed.

“Parents are encouraged to find child-care arrangements for Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday. However, for parents unable to secure alternate
arrangements, all public schools will be open and students will be cared
for and supervised.

“Schools will be staffed by non-unionized school and district personnel.
Given the LRB order preventing schools from being picketed, we also
expect all unionized school support staff, such as education assistants,
to be present as well. While there will be no instructional time, all
staff will ensure students are supervised in a safe environment.

“Further, school-based child-care services, such as pre-school and after-
school care, are not affected by the strike.

“Bill 22 is an important and complex piece of legislation that demands
careful debate and full understanding by all members of the legislature.

“Bill 22 sets a cooling-off period and suspends the teachers’ union
strike action while calling on the assistance of a mediator. It also
implements the $165-million Learning Improvement Fund and other measures
that will play a fundamental role in the future of education in our

“I understand that emotions are running high, and we do not want to
inflame the situation by acting precipitously and rushing through the

“We have been working very hard and have put numerous opportunities in
front of the union to try to work through the difficult issues that
confront us during a time of collective bargaining.

“It’s unfortunate that rhetoric and name-calling has overtaken a
thoughtful and constructive approach to resolving the impasse through
mediation. When mediation begins in the near future, I hope the
discussion will unfold in a respectful way.”

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963

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