LSS Grad cruise delayed

A work-to-rule campaign by teachers is being blamed for a six-month postponement of a cruise for graduating students at Langley Secondary School.

LSS delayed the cruise from Oct. 14 to April 4 after the B.C. Teachers Federation announced it will refuse any work not directly related to teaching in a classroom.

That includes all administrative tasks such as preparing report cards; attending staff meetings; arranging student assemblies and any supervision of students before and after school, at lunch hour and during recess.

Langley School District spokesperson Craig Spence said the delay will give LSS time to make sure the cruise can be safely run.

“It’s an event that requires a lot of organization and a lot of work and particularly a lot of supervision ... and the availability of teachers for supervision is not clear.”

Langley Teachers Association president Gail Chaddock-Costello sees no need to postpone the grad event.

“Surely one boat cruise could be organized,” Chaddock-Costello said.

“There should be no difficulty rustling up six administrators [to provide supervision]. I’m really surprised.”

It was not immediately clear if other school grads were being postponed.





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