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Some students to get report cards in weeks

Mar 27 2012
Teachers will not be making up work lost while striking. 

Teachers will not be making up work lost while striking.

Photograph by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist, Times Colonist

High school students on southern Vancouver Island could receive their first report cards of the year in the next few weeks, but elementary and middle school students may not get a formal report card until the end of June, officials said Monday.

The second of three reporting periods for elementary and middle schools elapsed this month before the B.C. government passed Bill 22, which forced teachers to halt work disruptions.

Teachers have made it clear that they have no intention of going back and preparing report cards that were missed as a result of the job action that began in September. The action included refusing to meet with administrators, supervise playgrounds or prepare report cards.

"Unless something changes - I would expect that parents won't see a report card until the end of the year at elementary schools or middle schools," Sooke superintendent Jim Cambridge said Monday.

Secondary students, however, will receive their first-term report for the second semester in the next few weeks, he said.

The situation is similar in Saanich, where middle and elementary school students likely will have to wait months for a formal report, superintendent Keven Elder said. "We're thinking that there may need to be some informal reporting over the next couple of weeks, leading to a formal report card at the end of June," he said.

Informal reporting could include phone calls, emails or in-person meetings in which teachers update parents on how their children are doing, Elder said.

Greater Victoria school district superintendent John Gaiptman was in meetings and unavailable for comment Monday. But Tara Ehrcke, president of the Greater Victoria Teachers' Association, said teachers in that district will be doing one year-end report card for elementary and middle schools. "We're not doing any struck work," she said.

Teachers and students returned to the classroom Monday after spring break, and Ehrcke and Sooke Teachers' Association president Patrick Henry said it was anything but business as usual. Both said their members are frustrated and demoralized by the government's decision to pass Bill 22.

"What can't be overstated is the sense of betrayal," Henry said.

"They can't get the concessions they want through the bargaining process and decided they will just ram them through with legislation, which once again violates our charter rights to freedom of association."

The B.C. Teachers' Federation will conduct a vote next month on whether to stage another walkout or launch less serious job action such as refusing extracurricular activities.

lkines@timescolonist.com

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