In a letter going home today with students, School District 60 Superintendent Dave Sloan said that although SD60 has a long tradition of staging extra-curricular sports events for elementary students, it will not be able to hold the elementary badminton tournament, the district elementary slo-pitch tournaments, and the district track and field day this school year.
Under normal circumstances, he wrote, such events provide an opportunity for the adults working in the system to pull together for the benefit of students. But because of the conditions arising out of the job action, it is impossible for administrators to be available for the time commitments needed to sucessfully stage these events. With teachers withdrawn from supervision duties, administrators in the district have had to pick up extra duties, which do not allow them to leave their buildings to participate fully in many extra-curricular activities.
The district remains committed to providing students with quality extra-curricular experiences. It is hoped that once the current labour action is concluded, a full compliment of extra-curricular events will continue to be offered in the future, with all staff being able to volunteer and participate as they wish.