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Teachers vote yes, school back in session next week

Teachers picketed outside Beairsto Elementary School on 27 Street in Vernon earlier this summer.

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - The teachers vote is in and school will be back in session next week.

A total of 75 per cent of teachers cast ballots Thursday with more than 27,000 voting to accept the agreement. The number of teachers voting was up significantly from ratification votes in 2006 and 2012 and on par with 2005.

Most schools throughout the region are planning to open on Monday for a partial day with a full day scheduled for Tuesday. No additional time will be added to the school calendar to account for the missed time due to the strike.

Districts will be posting back to school schedules through their websites and letting parents know details by a synervoice message over the next couple of days.

Schools have been closed since the last week of June when teachers began a full strike after several months of low-level job action spurred by an impasse during contract talks with the province. It took until earlier this week for the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association to come to a tentative deal with the help of mediator Vince Ready.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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