From Masset to Sandspit, no school Tuesday

  • Oct. 10, 2005 7:00 p.m.

Don’t send your kids to school Tuesday morning, islands’ teachers won’t be there and the buses won’t be moving either.
Despite a BC Supreme Court ruling Sunday ordering the public school teachers back to work, they are continuing to stick to their plan of not going back until they’ve had another vote.
Teachers province-wide started striking Friday to show their anger over Bill 12, legislation that freezes their wages and extends their current contract until the end of the school year. They also want a cap on class size and a restoration of the number of teacher librarians, teaching assistant and counsellors to 2002 levels, when funding cuts reduced resources.
On Sunday, the BC Supreme Court declared their actions illegal and threatened significant fines.
But the teachers are staying on strike for the time being. “We are engaging in a political protest against the provincial government and its unjust legislation,” BCTF president Jinny Sims said.
School District 50 is suggesting that parents not send their children to school, even though schools will technically be open on Tuesday.
There will be a principal at each school, but all CUPE staff, such as noon hour monitors, support staff and custodians are not crossing the picket lines.
We’ll post more on this website late into Monday night if the situation changes.