Letter to Parents re Teacher Strike Update Sept. 8, 2014 (And resource links)

Below is the text of the letter from Tom Grant. The letter can be viewed here: Letter to Parents re Teacher Strike Update Sept 8 2014.

September 8, 2014


Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

There has been a great deal of media coverage about the ongoing teachers’ strike and possible paths to a timely resolution.

Many parents, students and staff who have followed the news may have questions regarding these recent developments and their impact on a return to our school year.

This weekend the Minister of Education and his bargaining representatives declined binding arbitration at this time. We understand that the parties have suspended bargaining as they each seek to regroup and define further proposals for a resolution.

Your School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) Board of Education and senior staff team understand that this is a difficult time for everyone. We remain committed to sharing timely and accurate information.

Schools remain unable to offer educational programs at this time and until further notice.

For additional information, please visit:

BC Ministry of Education Newsroom: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/ministries/education/
BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA): http://bcpsea.bc.ca/
BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF): http://bctf.ca/
Coquitlam Teachers’ Association (CTA): http://www.coquitlamteachers.com/

If you wish to contact the Minister of Education, your local MLA, or the BCTF to express your thoughts and concerns please review the following:

Minister of Education Peter Fassbender Minister.Educ@gov.bc.ca
MLA Mike Farnworth, Port Coquitlam mike.farnworth.mla@leg.bc.ca
MLA Douglas Horne, Coquitlam-Burke Mtn douglas.horne.mla@leg.bc.ca
MLA Linda Reimer, Port Moody-Coquitlam linda.reimer.mla@leg.bc.ca
MLA Selina Robinson, Coquitlam-Maillardville Selina.robinson.mla@leg.bc.ca
BC Teachers’ Federation President Jim lker presidentsoffice@bctf.ca

Again thanks for your cooperation and your patience.

Tom Grant


Further to the letter, here are some resources that parents and students might find useful:

See learning links at BC Parent Info: http://bcparentinfo.ca/learning-resources/

I would recommend two specific resources at LearnNowBC:

o    http://www.learnnowbc.ca/LearningResources.aspx – includes more resources, often grade specific, including digital activities and videos

o    http://www.learnnowbc.ca/studycentre/default.aspx – offers free online tutoring services (beginning Sept 7th)

An email from me, Dave Truss, will come later this week.