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School district decides to cancel recess due to job action

Elementary and Middle School students will be dismissed 15 minutes early after teachers
Elementary and Middle School students will be dismissed 15 minutes early after teachers' job action means cuts to supervision. The school district has cancelled recess in response.
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School District #83 students will return to class today to the news that they won’t have a recess break, but will be getting out of school 15 minutes early.

Due to job action by the BC Teachers Federation, teachers will be initiating phase one of strike action which includes withdrawing supervision duties.

School district #83 superintendent Glenn Borthistle says to ensure student safety without teacher supervision, the school district made a decision to  cancel recess for elementary and middle school students.

High school students do not have scheduled recess breaks and won’t be affected.

Students will be dismissed from class 15 minutes earlier and bus schedules will be adjusted accordingly.

All schools will continue to be open with regular classes operating during this phase of job action and instruction will proceed as usual. Buses will be running their normal routes.

Borthistle says school-based administrators will be assisted by district-based administration, management and staff to provide before- and after-school supervision.

“It is our information that teachers will continue to participate in voluntary extracurricular activities they are currently involved in,” he added.

Negotiations between the BCTF and the government are continuing, and union representatives say a decision to move to phase two of the job action will depend on progress at the bargaining table. Phase two would involve one-day rotating strikes. Should the situation escalate to a point where a full walk out is being considered, another vote of the teachers union members would be necessary.

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