Terrace students walk out again over cancelled breaks
Teachers and administrators blame each other for the cancellation
Many Terrace, B.C., high school students walked out of classes for the second consecutive day Tuesday to protest the cancellation of breaks brought on by the provincewide teacher’s work-to-rule campaign.
About 50 students at four Terrace senior and junior secondary schools walked out and then paid visits to the local teachers union office and the district school board.
Students are being unfairly punished in the battle between teachers and their employers, said Grade 12 student Jake Yeomans.
"We're trying to send a message that we're not just going to sit around and let them take our breaks when we all deserve breaks," Yeomans said.
Dozens of students also walked out Monday.
The school district cancelled the breaks when teachers — in the midst prolonged contract talks — refused to supervise them.
But teachers are blaming the administration for the decision.
"The labour relations board ruled in the summer that supervision is not an essential service and that it was to be covered by school district staff," said Karen Andrews, president of the Terrrace District Teachers' Union.
School superintendent Nancy Wells said officials tried for a month to keep recess going, but had to stop.
"It was interfering with our ability to do our other jobs within the district and we were quite literally wearing out staff," Wells said.
Representative from the province's school districts met in Vancouver on Monday to discuss a possible lock-out of B.C. 41,000 teachers in the dispute.
With files from the CBC's Meera Bains