Hello Parents and Students:
It is Friday afternoon at 3pm and I have just concluded a conference call with all district administrators and senior executive at district office. Here’s what I know heading into the long weekend:
–Mediator Vince Ready has met with bargaining teams from both the BCTF and BCPSEA (the Government) on Friday afternoon. We were still waiting to hear the results of this session when we closed the school at the end of the day Friday. While many might predict schools will not be open as scheduled for Tuesday September 2, this is still not confirmed. We will, of course, find this out as the long weekend unfolds.
**Families are encouraged to pay careful attention to all media releases over the Labour Day weekend.
–If there are no classes for students on Tuesday and possibly beyond, the PMSS General Office will be remain open effective September 2 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 pm daily. While teachers may not be in the building, and while it is possible CUPE (clerical) staff may also be absent, school administration will be on-site and able to deal with public inquiries. Current PMSS students should be aware that counselors/academic advisors will not be on site until the job action has ended and thus any inquiries regarding timetables, courses etc. will need to wait until we are fully open. Students new to the school may visit to inquire about registration or seek additional information.
–The ‘First Day of School’ is all set and ready to go and the vast majority of students have been placed into homerooms for opening week procedures. Lists of homerooms for students will be posted near our front doors on the first day of school, once confirmed. As outlined in our ‘Welcome Back’ bulletins, our first day of school will involve assemblies and homeroom activities for all students. Attendance at regular classes will begin on the SECOND day of school.
Again, you are encouraged to pay close attention to local media outlets (TV, newspaper and online sites) and particularly stay connected to www.sd42.ca and www.pmss.ca for regular updates on this situation.
I look forward to seeing students back at PMSS when this is settled.
Mike Keenan, Principal (email@example.com)