The BCTF website posted an update on the current Covid-19 situation for BC students. At this time, the BCTF is not anticipating a major reopening for this spring. Some districts have had children of Essential Services Workers attending. It has been safe. There will be a slow, voluntary expansion of services for students. However, the planning and details for the expansion of services is still in the development stages. In the meantime, please be patient. The safety of students and staff is a top priority.
BCTF members ratified a new three-year deal approving general rate increases of two per cent each year.
The deal was announced on May 1 after 98 per cent of members voted in favour.
The agreement covers more than 45,000 teachers represented by the B.C. Teachers Federation. The contract is retroactive back until July 1, 2019, and will go until June 30, 2022.
Teachers are encouraged to visit the BCTF website for more information.
After ensuring that our members and their families are safe, our next priority will be providing a continuing of educational opportunities for all students.
The Ministry of Education and stakeholders like the BCTF has put together a framework document called Supporting the K-12 Education Response to Covid-19 in BC. Another document specifically for teachers is called Continuity of Learning: Planning Guide for Teachers. These documents have been forwarded to all Staff Reps in our Local.
Both of these documents recognize that the rest of the school year will look differently, but that teachers will do their best to meet the needs of their students. This will involve utilizing a variety of platforms and methods. In some cases, that may be offering learning opportunities online; for others it may be using more traditional resources.
We want to thank everyone for their patience as we prepare to provide a continuity of learning for our students. We know it has been a difficult time for everyone involved. By working together, we will find the way forward to best support the students and families of our district.