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Letter to Parents from Greater Victoria School District Superintendent Gaiptman

Today, March 1, 2012, parents of school students in Greater Victoria School District received a letter from Superintendent John Gaiptman regarding the coming job action by teachers – hopefully the job action will be short and the disruption to our children and their education is minimal – it’s truly sad that our kids are being thrust in the middle of this and being used as pawns! The letter from the Superintendent:

March 1, 2012
Dear Parent/Guardian:

Unfortunately the concern of escalated job action is now a reality. As a result, we have been informed by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation that teachers will not be coming in to work for three days beginning Monday, March 5, 2012.

All Greater Victoria Schools will remain open. Principals and vice-principals will be in attendance at their respective schools; however, there will not be instructional programs available. As well, we have no way of ensuring how many support staff or the extent of custodial support that will be available at your school. Therefore, I am asking parents to please make alternate arrangements for the care of your children and not to send them to school.

I wish I could tell you how this situation will unfold. Unfortunately some programs will be disrupted and some events may be postponed or cancelled. The Greater Victoria School District will do our best to minimize the impact on students. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students.

The Greater Victoria School District has always been proud of its positive, productive relationship with its employees. We value this relationship and the important work that our teachers and support staff do on a daily basis. It is my hope that this dispute will be resolved in a fair and timely manner so that there will be minimal impact on students, parents, schools and communities.

The Greater Victoria School District will provide updates for parents and our community on a regular basis through our schools, the media and the District website (http://www.sd61.bc.ca). Your patience and understanding in this difficult time is truly appreciated.

Sincerely,
John Gaiptman
Superintendent of Schools

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