Students, teachers back in school

Four weeks of school calendar lost but no plans to extend or add instructional days this year -- says the school district.

Bus driver Kim Goertzen welcomes students onto his bus on the first day of the 2014-2015 school year.

Students were finally back to the books on Monday as a negotiated settlement to the summer-long strike was reached last week.

As is usual on the first day of the school year, Monday was a half-day. This provides an opportunity to conduct enrolment counts and adjust classes and staffing levels.

A notice from Superintendent Kevin Argue on the School District 51 (Boundary) website last Thursday said the Ministry of Education has confirmed there are no plans to extend or add instructional days this year.

The notice went on to identify the impact of Ministry decisions for the Boundary school district as:

• No changes are being made to school calendars including holiday periods.

• Report card timelines and parent-teacher interview dates may be adjusted. If this is the case your school will notify you.

• Elementary schools will be contacting the parents of Kindergarten students with information about the plan for the ‘gradual entry’ of these students.

• Secondary schools will be adjusting the dates for the end of the first and the beginning of the second semesters to balance instructional time and to align with the new examination dates in February 2015.

“Further updates will be provided as new information is available,” Argue wrote. “In the meantime, please continue to consult the SD51 and school websites as well as Facebook pages.”





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