BC Government: Information for Parents


With the possibility that the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF) will start a full walk out on June 16, 2014, parents are concerned about whether their children will be able to write final exams, receive final report cards, and transition to the next grade or on to post-secondary.

The Ministry of Education and the British Columbia Public School Employers Association (BCPSEA) want to assure parents that every effort is being made to ensure the strike does not disadvantage students, nor delay their transition to the next grade or on to post-secondary.

A full walkout may impact the last nine days of school before summer break begins on June 27, 2014. Here is some information to give parents greater certainty about what to expect and the potential impact on their children:

What this means for students in Kindergarten through Grade 9:

  • Schools will be closed.
  • Parents with children who need supervision should make child care arrangements.
  • Parents will receive final report cards, but in some cases the reports may be more abbreviated than normal.

What this means for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12:

  • There are fifteen provincial exam courses scheduled between June 16 to 26, 2014 (see further details below).

  • It is expected that secondary schools will only be open for the purpose of administering exams.

  • Picket lines may be present; students in rural areas may not have normal school bus service.

  • Every effort will be made for provincial exams to be marked and final course marks conveyed to students and parents in a timely way.

  • BCPSEA has applied to the Labour Relations Board to have all services required for the completion of report cards deemed essential including:

    • preparing, invigilating and marking of school based and provincial exams; and

    • compilation, entry, and submission of final grades.

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