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By ccomeau on 7/15/2014 1:02 PM
The Board of Education has written a letter to the Premier and Minister of Education outlining the "Needs Budget" to operate the district at the 2012-2013 funding level.

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 ccomeau on 6/17/2014 11:39 AM

As a result of the current job action, school Bus service will be provided only for secondary students at Belmont and Edward Milne writing Provincial exams between June 18 and 24. All normal bus routes (pick up and drop off locations) will be in operation with morning buses operating at regularly scheduled times. All afternoon buses will bedeparting schools on regularly scheduled Monday - Thursday times even on Friday June 20 (there will be no early out on Friday June 20).

 

A further communication will be provided if there are additional changes as a result of the job action.  Please direct any schedule questions you may have to Brian Gordon, Manager of Transportation at bgordon@sd62.bc.ca

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.

Bargaining:

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 ccomeau on 6/4/2014 3:08 PM
For all Isabelle Reader Theatre bookings, please contact Donna Newman. Effective July 1, 2014. 

Contact Information:

Donna Newman
Phone: 250 478-3218
By ccomeau on 6/3/2014 1:30 PM

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As you may know, a student walkout being promoted for the morning of Wednesday, June 4, has received a significant amount of media attention. While the District respects the desire of students to express their views regarding the current labour situation, the proposed walkout raises a number of concerns, particularly with regard to student safety.

 Parents should be aware that:

·   While School District #62 is responsible for the safety of students on school property, student safety cannot be guaranteed for those participating in walkout activities outside school property even if these activities take place during school hours.

·   We do not know who, if anyone, is organizing local walkout activities, and parents should not expect those activities to be supervised by school or district staff.

·    School District #62 strongly encourages students not to participate in the walkout, both to ensure their own safety and to avoid adding further unnecessary and unproductive disruptions to their learning during this already difficult dispute.

We all fully respect the voice of students and their legitimate right to share their concerns, and we do not want to unduly alarm parents or students about the potential risks of participating in the walkout, but it is our shared responsibility to ensure parents and students are aware of those risks.

Yours truly,

Jim Cambridge

Superintendent of Schools

For a pdf version of this letter please click here

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 www.sd62.bc.ca.

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

Yours sincerely,

 

Jim Cambridge
Superintendent of Schools

By ccomeau on 5/21/2014 2:24 PM
Into the Mirror is a play written and performed by the students of EMCS and Journey Middle School. Get ready to be transported by a cast of 200 students to the land of fairy tale characters!

June 4, 5, & 6. Tickets available at EMCS, Shopper's Drug Mart, and Journey Middle School in Sooke. 


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