“There’s going to be a significant number of services that will not be available,” he said.
The BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) served notice that teachers will begin phase one of strike action effective Sept. 6. While teachers will not be picketing outside of schools at this time, they will not be taking part in non-instructional activities, including participating in meetings with, or accepting any written or electronic communications from, school or district administrators; preparing or distributing report cards; collecting money from students or participating in fundraisers; or meeting with parents outside of instructional time.
Dennis said whether or not activities such as field trips, school photos and even Christmas concerts will be able to go ahead without the participation of teachers is unknown. However, he said he is not aware that the job action would prevent teachers from coaching after-school sports at their discretion.
He said school and district administrators will attempt to fill the role of student supervision during school breaks and before and after school. However, he said they will be counting on the assistance of parents who can help by dropping their children off shortly before classes begin instead of earlier in the morning, as supervision may not be available during those times.
Dennis said regardless of the outcomes of the job action it is important that teachers and administrators don’t allow the dispute to become personal, as those relationships will need to carry on beyond the strike.
More information on the school district's response to the strike action can be found at www.sd59.bc.ca.