Haida Gwaii School District awaiting word of deal

The Haida Gwaii School District is ready to go as soon as a deal is reached between the province and the BCTF.

While students and parents await word of a deal between the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA), the Haida Gwaii School District is ready to go as soon as one is reached.

“At this point, we do not know for certain when school will commence, but we continue to prepare for school to begin … in the event developments occur in which school resumes, be assured schools will be ready for students immediately,” wrote superintendent Angus Wilson in a message on the district’s website.

“We look forward to starting another exciting school year on Haida Gwaii.”

Although teacher job action resulted in an early closure this June, Angus said the necessary work to get classes back in session took place throughout the past few months.

“As you may be aware, the conditions of the lock-out have not been in effect during the summer and teachers are and have been welcome to prepare their classrooms for the new school year,” he explained.

“Maintenance crews and custodians have been hard at work preparing schools for the arrival of children.”

Talks between the employers and the BCTF broke down on Friday as the two sides remained too far apart for mediator Vince Ready to be optimistic of reaching a settlement.

For more on this story, see Page A1.

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