The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation has been involved in a provincial bargaining process that has reached a difficult stage. This morning, the STF announced that the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee will be implementing sanctions beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Under the Restriction of Services sanction, all Federation members will:
- Continue to provide students with the best possible learning opportunities during the school day.
- Report to school and provide professional service no more than 15 minutes prior to the start of the school day and not later than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the school day.
- Continue to provide student supervision such as recess, lunch or bus supervision within the time frame specified above.
- Not provide any voluntary or extracurricular services.
The sanction will remain in effect until further notice from the STF.
The Chinook School Division recognizes that extracurricular activities provided to our students outside of the classroom are not part of the required areas of study nor the specific duties of staff. As a result of these sanctions, we must cancel all extracurricular activities beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020 until further notice. This includes sports, clubs, band, music and drama events, as well as any field trips or travel outside of the school day.
The division has a plan in place to cover a few locations where bus supervision is needed outside of the time frame specified by the STF. All bus schedules will remain unchanged at this time. Families have been asked to make sure that students walking/driving to school or being dropped off do not arrive until 15 minutes prior to the first bell time.
The Chinook School Division values the excellent work that teachers do with students in our schools and for our communities. Teaching is a challenging vocation. Unfortunately, the challenges are compounded when boards of education do not have the necessary funds or resources to better support our teachers.
Letters have been sent to all Chinook families. Should this job action cease, or if there is a change, division personnel will communicate with families and staff directly. Updates will be posted on our social media channels and website as well.