School District 70 (Alberni)
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Back to School

September 18, 2014

Finally the end is in sight.  And with the anticipated end to the lengthy labour dispute our attention once again turns to school start up and the challenges associated with not being in session since June 16, 2014.

Pending ratification of the Memorandum of Agreement, the non-instructional day previously scheduled for September 22nd has been cancelled and schools will re-open to students on Monday, September 22, 2014.  School start up routines will follow traditional school opening schedules:

Monday, September 22

Elementary Schools:       10:00 – 12:00 (except Kindergarten students on a gradual entry)

Middle Schools:               10:00 – 12:00

ADSS:                              10:00 – 2:00 for Grade 9's only

Busses will run on all routes with pick up time approximately one hour later than scheduled

Tuesday, September 23

Regular day for all schools and all students, except Kindergarten students on a gradual entry program.

Busses will run at their regularly scheduled times.

We are following normal school opening procedures because they are important in orienting new students and ensuring that schools get off to a good start.  Yes, the start of school has been delayed but we will get off to a better start by following our practices of shortened days, staggered starts and gradual entry for Kindergarten students.

For more information on school start up schedules, please check SD70 and individual school websites or contact your child's school.  For clarification of gradual entry plans for Kindergarten students, please refer to previously communicated plans or contact your child's school.

In the upcoming weeks you will receive information from the District and/or schools as to plans to minimize the impact of job action on students.  It is important to note that we do not envision changes to our 2014/15 school calendar except where there are options to balance semesters and reschedule provincial exams.  We continue to consider a number of other challenges caused the by job action and will provide timely information to students and parents.

Finally, I extend my thanks to parents and students for their understanding and patience during the labour dispute.   It has been a challenging time for all of us in the education system and we are collectively relieved that this strike is behind us.  The Alberni School District is full of talented, dedicated professionals and we welcome students back to our schools starting Monday, September 22nd.

Greg Smyth

Superintendent of Schools