Joe Rhodes, Cowichan school board's superintendent, said pupils will return to class, at all levels in Cowichan and Lake Cowichan schools, Monday morning before being dismissed around noon - so teachers and staff can fine tune schedules and other issues for full-time classes starting Tuesday.
"I'm absolutely thrilled teachers voted to ratify.
We're excited to see all kids return Monday for a part day, then full days from Tuesday onward," he
Teachers in all of B.C.'s 60 school boards ratified the mediated bargain "so she's
a green light," Rhodes
About 600 full- and part-time teachers serve some 7,500 students in the Cowichan
region, holding 24 schools and alternate facilities.
expected some "bumps" - especially at valley high schools - this week as teachers, students, and about 400 support workers, buckle down to work.
"There's just a myriad of things happening in the first week."
Regarding lost class time due to the strike, Rhodes
said the education minister "has said there will not be additional time added" to the school year come June.
"We'll alter the end of the first semester to balance lost time across the two semesters, and add an extra provincial-exam session," he
"Details are still being worked out."
The fresh teachers' deal is a six-year bargain, though one of those years has already passed, he