Monday start likely for SD62 schools if deal ratified

Cleaning up after lengthy strike a large task for district

With teachers voting today ratify or reject a tentative deal to resolve the labour dispute and end the strike, students may well be back in classrooms Monday morning.

Sooke School District superintendent Jim Cambridge said Wednesday the plan is to make the first day back as normal a day as possible.

“Our plan is to open as if it were the first day of September,” he said.

Unlike their neighbouring district for Greater Victoria, which has had to postpone a scheduled Pro-D day for Sept. 22, SD62’s professional development day would have been this past Monday, so it should be business as usual.

A yes vote by teachers would see board of education trustees meeting sometime before the end of the day Friday to ratify the deal. Agreement from all sides would secure an end to the strike that’s been disrupting students since the middle of June.

“It’s likely that boards will approve it,” said Cambridge.

All students would go back for a half day on Monday and each school will have its own startup hours and schedule from Tuesday on. Schools will have their individual schedule information posted on their websites.

acowan@goldstreamgazette.com