School districts confirm no first day of classes because of dispute

Parents are encouraged to find alternative child care arrangements

Local school districts are confirming there will be no school starting this week.

Mediator Vince Ready walked away from the table on the weekend, saying the provincial government and the B.C. Teachers Federation are too far apart to end the current dispute.

“Given this information, schools will not be in session on Wednesday and possibly the rest of the first week, as the strike continues. Parents are encouraged to find alternative child care arrangements as needed,” states a release from the Vernon School District.

“Mr. Ready continues to be in contact with both parties to determine when mediation can begin.”

Classes were scheduled to begin Tuesday in the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District.

“Our school district will continue to provide the most up to date information to parents that we can on our website and Facebook page on this regrettable and unfortunate situation,” states a release from the North Okanagan-Shuswap district.

“We encourage parents to become informed about the important issues being discussed by reviewing the information on both the BCTF (www.bctf.ca) and BCPSEA (www.bcpsea.bc.ca) websites.Our board and district staff remain very concerned that the parties are unable to reach an agreement so that our 6,000 students, as well as students from around the province, can be back in school and learning.”