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Contract dispute continues and public schools remain closed

The ongoing labour dispute between BC Teachers and the Province has now delayed the start of this school year as kids stay home on what was supposed to be the first day of school.

School District 72 Superintendent Tom Longridge has this update.

He says kids could be out of school for a little while.

Meanwhile, Campbell River and District Teachers Association President Dave Harper says clause E 80 is now the major issue in the contract negotiations that ended on the weekend.

Harper says the clause would allow the government to reject the outcomes of a third court appeal in the ongoing legal battle over class size and composition.

He says teachers that are now walking the picket lines at local schools are not just on strike they are locked out, and he says it is hard on teachers.

Contract negotiations between the BC Teachers Federation and the Provincial bargaining team broke down over the weekend and it is unclear when or if bargaining will resume.

The Province is encouraging parents with young children to sign up for their $40.00 a day subsidy to support learning and supervision. Click here to link to their website.

Click here for updates from School District 72.

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