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Unless deal is reached, no school on Tuesday . . .
It is still unknown whether there will be a deal in the teacher strike in time for school to open on September 2.
North Okanagan-Shuswap School District #83 Superintendent Glenn Borthistle comments at this point there is no deal so school will not be in session on Tuesday.
But, with that being said, the school district is preparing in case anything changes over the weekend. “At this point the two sides are meeting and if something does change we will notify parents as best we can through email, our website, Facebook page and local media,” he comments.
The district will update it’s website and Facebook page on Sunday and Monday by 6 p.m., even if it is just to say there is nothing new.
Borthistle says with all the publicity around the strike it is likely parents will hear on the media first if a settlement is reached. He asks that everyone please check the school district’s website or Facebook page before assuming that school will be open on Tuesday.
“If an agreement is reached, our goal is that school will be open Tuesday morning. We recognize that a provincial agreement may include a schedule to delay the first day, so please check our website for any specific details. We just don’t want anyone to get an unpleasant surprise after all the uncertainty families have already been through.”
He said he regrets the difficulties the labour dispute has caused students and their families. He is hopeful that a negotiated settlement can be reached and that students are once again back in class and engaged in learning.

Hope for the best but please prepare. . .
With deep disappointment, North Okanagan-Shuswap School District Board of Education Chair Bobbi Johnson, is advising parents to be prepared in case school does not begin as planned on September 2.
“We had hoped everything would be settled and all of our 6,000 children would be back in school and learning on September 2. But the way things look right now we are having serious doubts that school will be back in session as planned.” (Please click here to read an important letter from Superintendent of Schools Glenn Borthistle)
Johnson is reacting to provincial news, including that the BC Teachers’ Federation intends to continue with their full “stage three” strike action and will resume picketing in some districts as of August 25.
Province-wide school trustees are calling on the province, BCTF and B.C. Public School Employers’ Association to immediately return to the bargaining table, and implement the recommendations made in the B.C. School Trustees’ Association’s (BCSTA) Back to School Action Plan.
This includes working towards a negotiated settlement that falls within the economic mandate set up by the provincial government and makes improvements to class size and composition, as well as ensur-ing the savings from the strike and lockout stay within the public school system to benefit students. The complete plan can be viewed at: https://dsweb.bcsta.org.
The BCSTA is urging the two sides to “put the needs of students first” and have students back in school while negotiations continue with the assistance of mediator Vince Ready.
If anything changes we will do our utmost to keep you informed of any developments through our the school district's facebook page and the school district website. We regret the issues this ongoing provincial dispute may be causing your family and it is the sincere hope of the Board of Education that this dispute will soon be concluded and that normal school operations will resume as quickly as possible.

New Student Registration . . .
New student registration is planned for Tuesday, August 26.
If your catchment school is being picketed, and you would prefer to register your child by phone, this option will be available. Please call the school principal at your catchment area school.  If the principal is not available, please contact Director of Instruction Wendy Woodhurst at 250 804-7826.
We regret the inconvenience the job action is causing your family.
Thank you for your patience.

Government announces support program . . .
The Ministry of Finance recently announced the Temporary Education Support for Parents to help with learning and supervision in the event the labour disruption goes into September. More details on how parents can apply will be made available in the coming weeks. The Temporary Education Support for Parents is a one-time payment available to the primary caregiver, usually the parent, of eligible children under 13 attending B.C. public schools.  ... read more at http://bcparentinfo.ca/parent-support-resources/

 BC School Trustees urge sides to settle . . .
B.C. School Trustees' Association have set out an immediate action plan urging the government and teachers to come to an agreement so students can be back in school on September 2. The plan provides recommendations to the BCTF and provincial government that trustees believe will resolve the bargaining impasse. It also contains several actions that will be taken by the BCSTA. Read all about it here.

Letter to the Ministry of Education and BCTF . . .
The North Okanagan-Shuswap Board of Education has written a letter to the Ministry of Education and the BCTF expressing its concern about the lack of resolution to the labour dispute and the affect it is having on students. The entire letter can be read here.

Please keep in touch . . .
As this situation is changing daily we will do our best to keep you informed of any developments through the school district’s facebook page, the school district website (www.sd83.bc.ca), the media, and our automated phone system.

Spots still open in late French Immersion
There are some spots still available for Late French Immersion (Grade 6). For further information please contact Silke Yardley at Shuswap Middle School.

2014-15 School Year Calendar
The school year calendar for 2014-15 was recently approved by the North Okanagan-Shuswap Board of Education. This calendar sets dates for such things as professional development days as well as vacations. To see the complete calendar please click here. It is also available in the Parents and Students section of our website. Click on District School Year Calendar.

Are you using Parent Connect?
Parent Connect is an on-line tool in the school district’s Central Information Management System (CIMS) that helps parents communicate with teachers and schools. Parents can review their child(ren)’s courses, marks and attendance and NEW THIS YEAR, parents can now “digitally sign” some district forms, including Personal Consent, Outside Media Consent, Verification, and Digital Citizenship. Please check it out!

Summer Office Hours. . .
The School District office, located at 220 Shuswap St. In Salmon Arm,  is open from 8 a.m. - noon and from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday from June 30 to August 29. The office will be closed to the public from August 5-8. Regular office hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday to Friday0 will resume on September 2. To contact the district office please call  (250) 832-2157.

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