Summer vacation may start extra early for Langley students

Summer vacation came extra early for elementary and middle school students in Langley on Thursday.

Teachers in Langley go on strike on Friday, are participating in the B.C.-wide BCTF ordered study session on Monday and go into full-scale striking for the remainder of the school year on Tuesday.

The government and the BCTF are expected to be bargaining all weekend so there is a chance a negotiated contract might be reached.

But if not, the Langley School District said students at the elementary and middle school levels aren't likely going to receive a report card and if they do, a condensed version may be mailed to them.

The Labour Relations Board ruled and an Essential Service Order was sent to school districts this morning indicating that final grades for Grade 12 students will be provided to administration.

A subsequent plan for this information to be provided to students and parents is now underway. The plans, once created, will be communicated to parents. The LRB is still addressing the remaining issue concerning the submission of marks for grades 10 and 11 students.

Today’s Essential Services Order indicates that grades 10-12 Provincial Examinations will proceed as scheduled.

District staff will be making arrangements to supervise provincial exams. The Order indicates that students will be able to enter and exit the school property as specific entrances will not be picketed. The District is awaiting another Essential Services Order specific to support staff (including transportation). This information will be forwarded to families as it becomes available.

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