School's out, but provincial exams will be written

NORTH OKANAGAN - There will be picket-free entrances for grade 10-12 students writing their provincial exams in the North Okanagan.

While school is out for students across the province, a ruling from the Labour Relations Board means grade 10-12 students will write their provincial exams as scheduled and have them marked.

All other school exams as well as kindergarten to grade 11 marks were deemed not essential. Marks and report cards for those grades will not be submitted unless the strike ends, or the board provides another ruling.

An update from the North Okanagan- Shuswap School District (SD83) states busses will be running to transport students to and from their provincial exams. Students needing a ride to an exam are asked to contact the district at least two days prior to their test to arrange transportation.

SD 83 and SD 22 (Vernon School District) graduation ceremonies are going ahead as planned with support from parents and school staff.

Students were asked to bring home all personal items last Friday, but if items are still at the school you can contact your school principal to make arrangements to pick them up.

If you have district owned band instruments, text books or library books, you are asked to contact the school principal.

If an agreement is reached before the end of June, students will have to bring required supplies back to school.

Watch the Vernon school district website for updates, and the North Okanagan-Shuswap website and Facebook page for information. 

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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