B.C. teachers' strike: Remedial summer school 'essential'

The province's Labour Relations Board has ruled some summer school courses are essential, which means some B.C. students will be in class next month.

Summer school classes for grades 10 to 12 will go ahead for some students who previously failed

B.C. Labour Relations Board rules summer school for failing students is an essential service 3:00

In a ruling issued late last night, the B.C. Labour Relations Board determined that remedial summer school courses are essential.

The B.C. Teachers' Federation announced it would be picketing summer school, which was originally scheduled to start Monday, but the LRB's ruling means that some summer classes will go ahead.

The LRB is asking school districts to provide, by July 2, a list of remedial Grade 10, 11 and 12 classes and the names of the instructors who will be assigned to teach the classes.

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The LRB notes that enrolment in those classes will be restricted to students who failed one of the classes and cannot make it up in the next school year. A list of those students is to be made available by July 7.

The board ordered the province to remove lockout provisions for those teachers assigned to summer school. It also said the union is permitted to picket the summer school sites, but must allow teachers, students and facility personnel unrestricted access to the schools.

A start date for summer school has not been set.

Year-round schools will not be picketed by the BCTF and will go ahead as planned.

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