Summer school wraps in district 69

With complications from the provincial teacher’s strike, a reduced version of summer school wrapped up this week in District 69.

The district usually runs three programs during the summer: academic remedial, for high school students who didn’t pass a required class; full credit courses, for students who want to catch up or get ahead in their regular course work; and distributed learning programs for students completing courses on their own, superintendent Rollie Koop explained.

After the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) announced they would picket summer school, the Labour Relations Board (LRB) ruled summer school an essential service for students who couldn’t otherwise re-take a course to meet grad requirements.

“The ruling did not provide any meaningful relief in terms of teacher involvement in summer programs,” said Koop. “This places our district in a very difficult position when it comes to summer program offerings.”

The district chose to only offer the academic remedial classes, taught by district staff, principals and vice principals.

“Our option is not under the LRB ruling because we’re not using teachers,” he said.

About 30 students in grades 10-12 from across the district studied with six to eight district staff at Ballenas Secondary to meet their basic academic requirements, until July 11.

Unlike the four week full credit course and distributed learning which can run through the summer, the academic remedial program usually only runs for a week and a half in July when things are still fresh in student’s minds, Koop said.

Koop said students are limited to a single course due to time constraints.

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