PROVINCIAL EDUCATION LABOUR DISPUTE- INFORMATION & UPDATES
Regretfully we are unable to open our schools for instruction on September 2 as we had hoped as recent exploratory contract negotiation talks between the BCTF and BCPSEA have been unable to conclude a settlement. We share in your disappointment that our school start-up is not able to proceed at this time. For details on what this means please read the letters below that were sent out last week by the Superintendent of Schools.
At this time, we encourage parents to make alternate arrangements this coming week for their children and we are sorry for the hardship this may cause. If your child attends a child care centre located at a school site, please contact them directly to confirm their hours of operation. Additionally some community organizations are offering day camp programs. As a community service, we have listed some of these here.
The Burnaby Board of Education and senior district staff continue to remind those at the bargaining table that the needs of our students are a shared priority. While we don't know when, the doors of our public schools will open - and when they do, we are committed to ensuring that it is a successful school year for all.
Letter sent out Aug 29
We encourage you to check back here or monitor media reports for further updates.
WELCOME TO BURNABY SCHOOLS
Do you want to register your child in a Burnaby school for the 2014/15 school year? To determine what your neighbourhood school is (based on your home address), click here. Then please contact the school indicated directly to register. We look forward to welcoming your child to a Burnaby school.
BURNABY COMMUNITY & CONTINUING EDUCATION
Registration for High School Completion and the Foundations Programs will take place Tuesday, September 2 to Friday, September 5. For information on high school completion click here. For information on the Foundations Program click here, or call 604-296-6901.
Do you want to give your career a boost? Or perhaps you want to try something new just for the fun of it? Registration has begun for Certificate & Diploma Programs and general interest courses being offered this Fall. Check out the latest offerings in our Burnaby Community & Continuing Education brochure. Register today, before the course or program you're interested in fills up! LEARN MORE
BURNABY BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Burnaby Board of Education supports the BC School Trustee Association's call on the provincial government and the BCTF to immediately return to the bargaining table and implement the recommendations made in their Back to School Action Plan. These include:
• Working towards a negotiated settlement that falls within the economic mandate set by the provincial government and makes improvements to class size and composition; • That savings resulting from the strike and lockout stay within the public school system to benefit students.
Learn more about BCSTA Advocacy efforts by clicking here. Learn about the Burnaby Board of Education's perspective on the current labour dispute by clicking here
The next public meeting of the Burnaby Board of Education will be held Tuesday, September 9, 7 pm at the District Administration Office, 5325 Kincaid St. LEARN MORE
ADVANCED SUMMER LEARNING
This summer, ten district secondary students were selected from more than 1,200 nationwide applicants to attend SHAD science, technology, engineering and math programs held at host universities across Canada. SHAD exposes bright youth to advanced topics and takes them out of their comfort zones so they discover new ways to learn, engage, experiment and excel. Attendees include Frank Cheng, Harold Xi, Lily Xiong, and Nancy Yang (Burnaby North); Federico Firoozi and Marina Gonzalez (Burnaby South); Sarah Savic Kallesoe (Byrne Creek); Caitlin Wu (Moscrop); and Angela Yu (Burnaby Mountain). LEARN MORE
DISTRICT ACHIEVEMENT CONTRACT
Burnaby School District is committed to shaping the next generation of community leaders by providing learning opportunities that meet the needs of our uniquely diverse and changing student population. The District's Achievement Contract is a snapshot of how the District supports the learning needs of its students. It highlights impressive strides in student success, particularly in the area of literacy. LEARN MORE
BURNABY BOARD OF EDUCATION FALL ELECTION
The next School Trustee election is Saturday, November 15. Organized by the City of Burnaby to coincide with the election for Mayor and City Council, the candidate nomination period is Tuesday, Sept 30 to Friday, October 10 at 4pm. If you are interested in standing for election as a School Trustee or have questions on the election process, please contact the City of Burnaby’s Election Office: 7282 Kingsway, Burnaby, 604-294-7088, email email@example.com or go to burnaby.ca/Our-City-Hall/Elections.html. General information on the Burnaby School District and its operations and programs is available from the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer, 604-296-6900 Ext. 661004 and on the district website sd41.bc.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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