Campbell River teachers choose not to picket, will meet Wednesday

According to Thomas Longridge, School Division 72 (SD72) superintendent, the Campbell River District Teacher's Association (CRDTA) has said they have no planned pickets leading up to the beginning of September.

But that could change depending on the outcome of a meeting to be held with membership Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The school district is encouraging parents to register children for classes at their school's office before that meeting, in case picket lines eventually go up, causing other unionized staff to be unavailable to register children, causing the closure of those offices.

"At this time, we remain hopeful that the two parties, with the help of outside mediation, will reach a negotiated settlement," said the SD72 news release issued Aug. 25. "However, it is possible that schools may not open as usual on Sept. 2."

The release adds that although registration can take place at the school offices while picket lines are not in place, "Secondary school course changes will not be able to be processed in the usual timeframe given the possibility that staff availability may be limited. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding."

Check and follow the school district's social media accounts for updates on the labour dispute will affect you and your family as the school year approaches.

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