School district #83 to open doors Monday

There will be a half-day on Monday, Sept. 22 and full-day classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 23.

A yes vote by teachers today will mean North Okanagan-Shuswap schools will open Monday.

A yes vote by teachers today will mean North Okanagan-Shuswap schools will open Monday.

Following the teacher’s vote to accept the recent deal, School District #83 will be opening the doors to students for a half-day on Monday, Sept. 22.

The teachers voted 86 per cent in favour of accepting the deal, which was hammered out in a marathon bargaining session early this week.

School District #83 has released more details of return to school plans, which mimic the usual routine of students going back for a half-day before returning the next day for a complete school day. Monday, Sept. 22 will have students end school three hours earlier than usual, with regular schedules beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Gradual entry programs for kindergarten students will also continue as laid out by each elementary school.

“If the agreement is ratified, we will be very happy and relieved, to welcome our stdents and staff back to school,” said Superintendent Glenn Borthistle. “We would like to acknowledge that this has been a very difficult time for all our teachers, students and families.”

The School District also indicates that, at this time, the Ministry of Education does not have plans to adjust the school calendar by adding time to each school day, extending the year or shortening winter or spring breaks.

At the secondary level, school districts will have the option of balancing the two semesters so that each section will have equal instructional time. This option has not yet been determined in School District #83.

Borthistle says schools are currently ready for the students.

“Our school facilities are in good condition. Our operations crew worked over the summer to prepare our buildings for the new school year – floors are polished, equipment is upgraded and classrooms have been cleaned.”

Bus transportation will also resume as usual, however, if parents have questions, they can contact the transportation department at 250-832-9415.