The provincial government is taking steps to assure parents and students that final exams and report cards won't be affected by a potential full scale teachers strike.
Teachers are voting today (Monday) and tomorrow on whether to engage in a full scale strike.
Should teachers vote yes, a full walkout could begin June 16.
In advance of a potential full scale strike the Ministry of Education says every effort is being make to ensure the strike does not disadvantage students or delay their transition to the next grade or on to post-secondary schools.
What a strike means for students in Kindergarten through grade 9:
- Schools will be closed
- Parents with children who need supervision should make child care arrangements
- Parents will receive final report cards, but in some cases the reports may be more abbreviated than normal.
What a strike means for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12:
- There are fifteen provincial exam courses scheduled between June 16 to 26, 2014 (see further details below)
- It is expected that secondary schools will only be open for the purpose of administering exams
- Picket lines may be present; students in rural areas may not have normal school bus service
- Every effort will be made for provincial exams to be marked and final course marks conveyed to students and parents in a timely way
- BCPSEA has applied to the Labour Relations Board to have all services required for the completion of report cards deemed essential including preparing, supervision during exams and marking of school based and provincial exams
- Compilation, entry, and submission of final grades.
What a strike means for graduating students planning to attend post-secondary in September:
- Most students planning to attend post-secondary programs in September are pre-admitted based on their current marks
- BC post-secondary institutions are aware there is a chance that the strike might interfere with the normal flow of final student marks.