WE MADE IT TO THE END 

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

This year has been a wild ride.

 

The fall began getting ready for a lot of political action to support our provincial bargaining team. We held walk ins and mark ins and roadside demonstrations. We wore #RedforBCEd on Fridays and other days.

 

And we got a deal! Without going on strike!

 

All of that seems like a distant memory compared to the last few months, with the onset of a global pandemic. Teachers have made Herculean efforts to take learning online, and then back to a (physically distant) school setting. You have counselled students and families in trauma, and helped them have some normalcy and maybe even some learning while they stayed home and stayed safe. Spring break was not what we expected, and summer break will be, in many cases, very different from what we had originally planned.

 

Over the summer, the Ministry of Education will be planning, with the help of BC teachers and other stakeholders, what September will look like. Premier Horgan announced that students will be back to school in September, and while that is likely true, there will still be uncertainty as we continue to track the virus and work on developing a vaccine. There will be planning for any eventuality and we released officers will also be working with SD68 administration to ensure to the best of our ability that teacher needs are considered.

 

The NDTA office will be open until July 3 (but closed July 1) and regular hours will resume on August 31. Please call ahead (250-756-1237) if you need to access the office, as we have safety protocols in place to keep our staff healthy and safe.

 

Officers may be checking email periodically, and Denise is available by cell for emergency situations. Contact information can be found here: http://www.ndta68.ca/contact-us

 

Please get some rest this summer. I know we all need it, and you absolutely deserve it!

 

In solidarity,

 

Denise, Jeremy, and Jo

 

 

FAILURE TO FILL

The NDTA is collecting Failure to Fill data to ensure that the district is meeting obligations in the Collective Agreement to provide TTOCs and meet non-enrolling teacher ratios. We ask that anytime you are not replaced by a TTOC in the classroom or if you are a non-enrolling teacher pulled to cover a classroom, that you complete this short form HERE

 

 

TIMELINE OF BCTF COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT GAINS 2019-2021 CAN BE FOUND HERE