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Author: Graham Arts Created: 9/15/2011 7:27 AM
This blog is specifically designed to allow for the posting of information to our school community on emerging events for our district. As such, it is not necessarily used for regular postings on a predictable schedule.
By Graham Arts on 8/29/2014 1:38 PM

BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) are working with mediator Vince Ready today in Richmond.  Although these are promising signs, it is still possible that on Tuesday, September 2, schools may not be open for instruction

Mediator Vince Ready may set the date for students return to school as part of a settlement agreement.  When settlement has been reached, we will endeavour to open schools as soon as possible.  The process and timing for school opening will likely be part of the final conversations with both parties and the mediator. 

At this time, it is still uncertain that the first day of school will occur on Tuesday, September 2nd.  This website will be updated as soon as further information is available.   Please monitor the media for up to date information.

By Graham Arts on 6/27/2014 8:24 AM
On June 26th, 2014, the Board of Education addressed a letter to the BCPSEA and BCTF. In it, trustees express their unanimous desire to see a negotiated settlement to end the current labour dispute. Please follow this link to read the full text of the letter.
By Graham Arts on 6/25/2014 8:50 AM
At the Board of Education meeting on June 24th, trustees directed that two letters be made available to the public on our district's website. The letters are respectively from the Board of Education and from the BC School Trustees' Association. The full text of the letters is available in the .pdf documents below:
By Graham Arts on 6/16/2014 3:20 PM
Here is the latest information our district has regarding tomorrow's planned strike by the BCTF.


Despite marathon bargaining over the weekend and late into the evening on Sunday night it appears that there are significant differences between the BCTF and BCPSEA regarding a settlement offer.  Please see the link (add a link for attached document) for details regarding this.  What this means is that there is a full scale strike on for tomorrow, Tuesday, June 17th. 

Provincial Exams:

Provincial exams are proceeding as scheduled.  Please check the Ministry website for schedules.  Belmont has a slightly different schedule which has been emailed out to parents.  Contact the school if you have any questions regarding scheduling of provincial exams.

For the convenience of parents and community members, here are the links to both the BCPSEA and BCTF websites in order to get the latest updates.
By Graham Arts on 6/9/2014 2:21 PM

During the weekend, the BC Public School Employers' Association and CUPE reached a tentative agreement on a provincial framework agreement for educational support staff. For details on the tentative agreement, and the accompanying BCPSEA news release, please follow the links below:

By Graham Arts on 5/29/2014 10:50 AM

May 29, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As you may have heard, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation has announced further rotating strikes.  School District 62 teachers will be withdrawing their services for one day, Friday, June 6, 2014.  Our understanding is that school will resume as normal on Monday, June 9, 2014.

While school facilities will remain open under the supervision of school district staff, we will be unable to provide students with instruction or appropriate supervision during this period of job action.

We are therefore requesting that parents keep their children at home on Friday, June 6, 2014.  StrongStart and before and after school programs will be cancelled for the day.

It is the sincere hope of the Board of Education that this dispute will be concluded quickly and that normal school operations will resume as quickly as possible.  In the meantime, we will do our utmost to keep you informed in a timely manner over the next week.

Further updates will be available through the media and on the school district’s website

For a .pdf version of this letter, please click here.

Yours sincerely,


Jim Cambridge
Superintendent of Schools

By Graham Arts on 3/26/2014 1:45 PM
At last night’s meeting, the Board of Education passed the 2014-15 school calendar.  This calendar contains a two week spring break.  The spring break dates, March 9 – 20, 2015, will coincide with our neighbouring school districts.  To facilitate a two week spring break, schools will add 8 minutes per day to their schedules.  The process to determine the additional 8 minutes of instructional time will be finalized shortly.  The Board wishes to thank parents, partner groups, staff, and community members for their participation in the public consultation process.  Please click here to view the 2014-2015 school calendar in list form, or in calendar view.
By Graham Arts on 3/14/2014 6:23 AM
On Wednesday March 12th, Superintendent Jim Cambridge met with parents of the John Stubbs community in order to explain proposed changes to the school's configuration. These changes are being considered for September 2015. The meeting was very well attended, and Mr. Cambridge promised to make his slideshow presentation available for download. The information presented can be accessed by following this link.
By Graham Arts on 1/17/2014 10:05 AM
We want to let you know there will be NO strike or job action in SD62.
By Graham Arts on 12/20/2013 6:26 AM
Friday, December 20th - Schools are open and buses are running.

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