Schools set to open Monday after 'yes' vote by teachers 

Whistler schools will see condensed, gradual entry so students can get back in the classroom quickly

click to enlarge PHOTO BY BRADEN DUPUIS - BACK TO SCHOOL Teachers at Myrtle Philip Community School were all smiles Tuesday morning after news that a tentative agreement had been reached to end the teachers' strike.
  • Photo by Braden Dupuis
  • BACK TO SCHOOL Teachers at Myrtle Philip Community School were all smiles Tuesday morning after news that a tentative agreement had been reached to end the teachers' strike.

Sea to Sky students can finally get their school supplies ready after teachers voted 86 per cent to head back the classroom starting on Monday, Sept.22.

Both the high school and the elementary schools will use a graduated entry system though the hope is to get all the students learning as quickly as possible.

B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender has said that there are no plans to extend the school year or change breaks to make up for the weeks lost to the strike.

However, provincial exam dates are being moved so that the semester system is more balanced at high schools.

Here's how it will look for students:

Elementary schools:

• There will be no school for kindergarten students on Monday, Sept. 22. Parents will be called individually on Monday to set up an interview time for Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday kindergarten students will go to school from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. On Friday kindergarten students will attend the full day.

• For all returning students in Grades 1-7, school will begin on Monday, Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. The bus will be running to reflect this schedule.

• Tuesday will be a full day with regular bus schedules.

Whistler Secondary School:

• On Monday Grades 9-12, and the international students in those grades, will attend school from 8:45 until 10:30 am. Bussing will accommodate this schedule.

• On Monday Grade 8, and international students in that grade, will attend school from 11:05 until 2:30 p.m. Bussing will accommodate this schedule.

Regular class schedule will resume Tuesday. At the beginning of the week students will receive several forms, which must be read, signed, and returned with the associated fees by students on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is important that these are returned to the school with full and accurate information.

Lockers will also be assigned. Each homeroom class will be allocated a bank of lockers.

Student agendas will be handed out at grade assemblies throughout the week, but will be available at the office for those students who need one immediately. There will be a WSS school Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting at the school on Thursday Sept.25 at 9 a.m.

Collaboration days will not take place in September or October, but the provincial professional development day will be held Oct.24, so students will have no school that day.

Grade 10-12 students who wrote amended provincial English and Social Studies exams in June will have the option to write the essay portion of those exams in an online sitting in November.

Updates will be provided on the school district's website at www.sd48seatosky.org

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