Classes begin Monday in Vernon and North Okanagan-Shuswap school districts

B.C. Teachers Federation members vote 86 per cent in favour of a new contract

Students are heading back to school Monday.

It was announced Thursday that B.C. Teachers Federation members voted 86 per cent in favour of a new six year contract after a prolonged battle with the provincial government.

As soon as the BCTF results were announced, the Vernon School District announced that classes will begin Monday.

“We will use our established routine of a shortened first day,” said Joe Rogers, superintendent, in a letter to parents on the district website.

“Students will be in attendance for the morning and buses will run three hours earlier than the regular time. This process will allow schools to welcome their students, enrol new students and establish enrolment numbers to finalize staffing and any necessary addition of divisions or sections. The remainder of the week will be regular full days.”

Classes will also begin Monday in the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District.

“We will follow our regular routine, beginning  with a shortened first day on Monday (school is three hours shorter than usual) with Tuesday being the first full day of school,” states the district’s website.