September 20, 2014 - 2:37 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Schools across the province are set to reopen to students Monday now that the provincial government and teachers have successfully negotiated a new contract.
Many districts are adopting ‘normal opening day procedures’ for Monday, Sept. 22 and here is a breakdown of what you can expect in each district. Individual schools may adopt a slightly different schedule.
Kamloops-Thompson School District 73:
All elementary and secondary classes will begin at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 22, except Kindergarten classes, which will utilize a gradual entry process.
Elementary students will be dismissed at noon.
Rural secondary students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.
In-town secondary students will be dismissed at 3 p.m.
Vernon School District 22:
Monday, Sept. 22 will follow the normal routine of a shortened first day. Students will attend in the morning and leave three hours earlier than regular times.
The remainder of the week will be regular hours.
Some Kindergarten students will follow a gradual entry schedule Monday through Thursday and then will attend for the full day on Friday, Sept. 26.
North Okanagan-Shuswap School District 83:
Schools will start at their regular scheduled time on Monday, Sept. 22 and students will be dismissed three hours early.
The first full day of instruction will be Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Kindergarten students will participate in the regular gradual entry process occurring over a five-day period as is normal for start up.
Central Okanagan School District 23:
Students will attend for a half day only on Monday, Sept. 22.
Kelowna Secondary School students will attend for a full day on Monday, Sept. 22 and will have a half day on Wednesday, Sept. 24 instead.
Okanagan Skaha School District 67:
Monday, Sept. 22 will follow normal opening day procedures with a shortened first day.
Kindergarten students will use a gradual entry system, up to each teacher.
Students have missed three weeks of school this year due to the teacher strike, which began in the spring with low-level job action. Teachers moved to a full strike in June, forcing schools to close a week earlier than planned. More than 27,000 teachers voted Thursday to ratify the tentative agreement the B.C. Teachers' Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers' Association came to earlier in the week. The province has decided to not add additional time on to the school year to make up for the lost time and districts are now realigning semesters for secondary students to account for that lost time.
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