Union files grievances regarding SD71 Alternate Instruction Week

Monday to Friday will become a 4.6-day week as per a new Alternate Instructional Week.

This fall, Comox Valley students will be dismissed early on Fridays and teachers will have a full hour of afternoon prep time, as per a new Alternate Instructional Week. Monday to Friday will become a 4.6-day week.

The Comox District Teachers’ Association is filing a grievance with the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association.

“From our point of view, the whole concept is based around re-arranging teachers’ prep time to save money by having fewer teachers,” CDTA president Nick Moore said. “Secondary teachers, specifically, are distraught.”

He said teachers will work up to 60 additional hours in the school year, which equals about 11 days.

“Every secondary teacher is going to be teaching an additional class of students,” Moore said. “It’s possible that a teacher could have 240 kids next year in secondary. That’s too much.”

From Monday to Thursday, high school students’ first block will run from 9:20-10:40 a.m. Last block is 2:05-3:20 p.m. They will receive four hours of instruction on Fridays.

While some are concerned about the new-look Friday, Moore says others will recognize opportunities involved with the schedule.

“Each secondary school is going to decide what Friday’s going to look like,” he said.

Elementary students will receive three hours of morning instruction and two hours in the afternoon from Monday to Thursday. Fridays will include three hours and 16 minutes of instruction.

“The big change in elementary is that there’s no formal, standardized recess any more,” Moore said, noting a daily allotment of 15 minutes for physical activity.

Fridays also include 65 minutes of ‘curriculum implementation time’ and 40 minutes of teacher prep time.

Because the union is filing a grievance, the school board cannot debate the issue in public. A process is in place to resolve differences based on the collective agreement.

“It’s certainly within their (CDTA) prerogative to proceed if they feel that it contravenes the collective agreements,” school board chair Tom Weber said. “It is the employer’s position that it does not.”

SD71 expects the Alternate Instructional Week will save $1.75 million. Trustees and district staff have been dealing with a $2.8 million shortfall for the 2016/17 school year.

Moore understands the rationale behind the 4.6-day week, noting a shortage in government funding. However, the CDTA is concerned the concept might spread to other B.C. school districts.

“We want to stop it here and now,” Moore said.

View the Alternate Instructional Week at sd71.bc.ca

Just Posted

Unity Comox Valley hosts serenity service in Comox Thursday

Do you have mixed feelings about the holidays? Unity offers a special… Continue reading

UPDATE: RCMP involved in crash south of Courtenay Saturday night

An RCMP member was involved in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 19… Continue reading

Mental health advocate’s journey with dissociative identity disorder sparks conversation

Coast Mental Health Courage to Come Back Awards nomination deadline Jan. 31

Assisted living workers allegedly attacked while picketing

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith says arrows and gasoline were thrown at the picketers early in the week

Dangerous drug confirmed in the Comox Valley

Lab test confirms the presence of fentanyl in powder substance

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Boeser scores 3, Pettersson has 5 points as Canucks hammer Blues

Vancouver picks up impressive 6-1 win in St. Louis

B.C. police stop drunk driver who offered up burger instead of ID

Roadblock checks over the weekend found at least two other impaired drivers

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet company

Most Read