School day shortened in North Okanagan-Shuswap district

Teachers are initiating phase one of job action Wednesday at schools in the region. - Photo submitted
Teachers are initiating phase one of job action Wednesday at schools in the region.
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The school day will shrink in North Okanagan-Shuswap because of teachers' job action.

The district is eliminating recess and reducing the school day by 15 minutes at elementary and middle schools because of the B.C. Teachers' Federation initiating phase one strike action Wednesday.

During phase one strike action, teachers will not perform some administrative duties, including the supervision of students before and after school, during the lunch hour and at recess.

"While noon-hour supervision will be provided by each school's lunch hour supervisors and administration, recess breaks require significant involvement of teaching staff," said said Glenn Borthistle, superintendent.

"During job action, school principals and vice-principals will be assisted by district-based administration, management and professional staff to provide before and after school supervision. As the district has limited exempt personnel, it is necessary to eliminate recess breaks and shortening the school day by 15 minutes at our elementary and middle schools."

During phase one, schools are open and there will be no pickets.

"It is also important for you to know that teachers will be taking attendance, marking and assessing students, completing report cards, communicating with parents and participating in volunteer extracurricular activities," said Borthistle to parents.

District bus transportation schedules will be adjusted. Elementary and middle school students will be arriving at their afternoon home bus stop 15 minutes earlier than previously scheduled effective Wednesday.


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