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What you need to know before heading back to school on Monday

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For those in SD 60, if the school your child attends usually starts the day at 9:00 a.m., Monday’s schedule is running 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

However, Superintendent of SD 60, Dave Sloan says it may be in parent’s best interest to contact your specific school to ensure an accurate account of the start and finish time.

As per the regular first day of school, buses will picking up students on Monday and are completely aware of the change to the schedule.

“Basically, September 22nd is the new September 2nd,” Sloan explained.

For parents with kindergarten children, each school will have its own routines, programs and procedures for their introductory element, many of whom may condense the two weeks into one, but all kindergarten programs will be offering full day instruction by Friday, September 26th.

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Sloan goes on to say that the school year will not be lengthened as a result of the strike, as the Christmas and Spring break schedules will remain the same.

“Schools will take steps to balance their semesters to ensure all students have sufficient instruction time. No additional days will be added to the school year,” Sloan said in a written statement. “Details on any changes will be made available over the next few weeks.”

Graduating students in grade 12 will also be presented with the opportunity to write their first set of provincial exams sometime at the beginning of February to accommodate the shift in schedule.

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Sloan adds, “Now we’ve got the negotiated settlement that everybody was calling for, so it’s time to get down to work and do the best we can for the parents and children of this district.”

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As for those in SD 59, that district has alluded to the same type of planned schedule for the late-start of class, except their first day will commence three hours before the normal start time and will end one hour later.

Again, as an example, if your school runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the schedule for Monday is 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Superintendent of SD 59, Leslie Lambie released the following statement earlier in this morning after learning about the negotiated settlement:

We are pleased that an agreement has been reached in the labour dispute and look forward to seeing students and staff back in schools on Monday.

Monday will be the same as every first day of school and will start two hours later and end one hour earlier then the regular school day.  Buses will run accordingly. The shortened day allows schools to more effectively set up classes at the elementary schools and student timetables at the secondary schools.

Tuesday, September 23 will be a regular school day.

We are excited that our classrooms and hallways will be filled with the excitement of learning once again.

Leslie Lambie, Superintendent SD #59

If you’re looking for more information, contact the school your child is attending or their accompanying district.

SD 59: 250 782 8571

SD 60: 250 262 6000

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