School district urges parents to keep students at home

School Superintendent Monica Pamer pens letter to parents regarding job action

Local schools will be shut down Tuesday as part of escalating teacher job action, which includes a rotating strike scheduled to hit school districts across the province starting next week.

In a letter distributed to parents today (Wednesday), Richmond Superintendent of Schools Monica Pamer encouraged parents to make alternate arrangement for their children.

"Although administrators will be at school on Tuesday, no other staff will be present," Pamer said. "There will be no instruction. Parents are encouraged to make alternate arrangements for their children, as we cannot guarantee the adequate supervision required for a safely monitored school environment."

Bus service for students with special needs will also be impacted by the strike, as will others who rely on the district transportation system.

While daycares, preschools and after-school care programs will also be impacted, Pamer said that local community centres at Hamilton, Cambie, West Richmond, Thompson and South Arm will remain open.

"At this time, the (British Columbia Teachers' Federation) has only announced one date for strike action in Richmond, but there is a possibility that more rotating strikes will occur between now and the end of the school year."

Pamer promised to keep parents informed of future developments.

"We regret any inconvenience this may cause you," Pamer said of the job action. "Thank you for your understanding and cooperation."


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