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April 22, 2024 06:34

Second Day of Classes to See More Sanctions

Saskatchewan teachers have given notice for another day of rotating strike action, withdrawal of noon-hour supervision, and withdrawal of extracurricular activities. Tuesday, February 27, teachers working at École Boréale in Ponteix and the Saskatchewan Distance Learning Centre – North West Campus in Neilburg and South West Campus in Swift Current as well as those employed in the Chinook School Division, Île à la Crosse School Division, Lloydminster Public and Catholic School Divisions, Northwest School Division, and Prairie Valley School Division will not be in their classrooms.

Noon-hour supervision will be withdrawn on Tuesday in the Holy Trinity School Division, Horizon School Division, North East School Division, Regina Catholic Schools, and South East Cornerstone School Division.

Extracurricular activities will also be impacted by a one-day withdrawal of teacher involvement in the Creighton School Division, Regina Public and Catholic Schools, and in Horizon and Prairie South School Divisions. Extracurricular activities include sports, non-curricular drama, music and band, intramurals, rehearsals, student leadership activities, graduation planning, and book fairs as well as any clubs and other activities that are teacher-led.

The STF is holding a virtual meeting with parents and caregivers via Zoom on Monday at 7 pm to provide more information about contract negotiations and teacher job action. The link to join the event can be found on the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation website

As Saskatchewan teachers attempt to put pressure on the provincial government to give its bargaining committee a new mandate and the freedom to negotiate the items teachers have brought to the table, disruptions and interruptions to learning will continue. Teachers point out that, their working conditions are also students’ learning conditions, and therefore their fight to negotiate class size and composition is as much for their students as for themselves.  Parents and caregivers are encouraged to closely monitor information released by the STF and their school divisions to be aware of impacts on their children.