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With the exception of after-school childcare programs, all elementary school facility rentals are cancelled today and through the weekend due to snow-related concerns.
Schools/facilities closed to staff and students Thurs, Feb. 9. All evening classes at Queen Elizabeth Continuing Education are cancelled this evening. School district facility rentals for today are also cancelled.
Information is available in English and Punjabi about the district's procedures regarding potential school closures.
All schools and district offices closed for students and staff February 7. All district facility rentals are also cancelled for today.
To receive timely information regarding school weather-related closures, follow Supt. Dr. Jordan Tinney on twitter @jordantinney or tune-in to news media broadcasts.
Classes for the day start at 9:25.
Due to a power outage, Sullivan Heights Secondary plans to open at 9:25. However, the opening may be delayed further and students are asked to check the school's website and Twitter for updates.
During the winter break, the district education centre is closed from December 24 to January 2 inclusive.
Surrey Schools superintendent Jordan Tinney welcomes everyone to a new school year.
The Surrey Board of Education speaks out regarding the current labour dispute.
Dear provincial leaders,
As each day passes with our children out of school, we are reminded of the crisis facing our system. We have been entrusted by our public to be guardians of public education. As we watch the ongoing labour dispute go well into September with no end in sight, we are saddened by what we see unfolding before our eyes. Children need our schools. They need to learn. The price we are all paying is simply too steep to accept.
We all know that schools are so much more than institutions of learning. Our schools are gathering places and harbours for our community. We feed children, we liaise with community partners, we provide before and after school care, we teach those in the early years who are preparing to formally enter education and we partner with post-secondary institutions and employers to build bridges for our senior students as they prepare to leave school. We provide sports, arts and extra-curricular activities that, in many cases, are the reasons that students stay connected to school. All of these mandates are supported by provincial initiatives which have recognized and supported that schools are hubs of their communities.
We had hoped that September 2nd would somehow see a resolution, in the interest of children. It is now the end of the second week of September and the ongoing dispute between the government and the BCTF has gone beyond a labour dispute and is now into the realm of ongoing damage to the integrity of a public education system. A public education system that feeds and supports the very fabric of society - we need a resolution. We do not intend to propose a means to the end as multiple options such as: mediation, arbitration, legislation, or meaningful bargaining have been suggested. No matter what the choice, the two parties involved must depart from the public rhetoric and engage in a meaningful process of resolution that begins with the opening of our schools and welcoming our teachers, support staff, parents and children back.
This letter is an urgent call for an end to the current dispute. Our schools need to open and the long healing process needs to begin. We need to rebuild the public trust in our system; that begins with the two parties recognizing that schools must open. The Surrey Board of Education is reaching out to our local Liberal MLA’s including the Minister of Education, Minister of Advanced Education, and the Minister of Children and Families to meet with our Board to address the need for a resolution.
Children of all ages need our schools and the time has come for an end to the dispute. From those in poverty who need our schools the most to those who are in Grade 12 academic courses and are competing for post-secondary spaces with other children. The time is now to show our children and community that the adults in the system can and will find a resolution. Our children deserve no less.
Sincerely, Shawn WilsonChairperson, Surrey Board of Education
Cc: DPAC, STA, CUPE 728, Superintendents, Secretary-Treasurers, SPVPA, EPEG, All boards
School opening day and Adult Ed classes are postponed pending developments in the current labour dispute between the teachers’ union and the provincial government. Updates will likely be announced through the media and will be posted here when available.
Due to limited staffing during the current job action, the District Education Centre office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Superintendent Jordan Tinney has issued a letter to parents stating schools are expected to be closed tomorrow. The letter is posted in the Spotlight below.
Statements issued by the teachers' union and the government confirm mediated discussions have ended. Supt. Jordan Tinney will provide an update Monday for students and parents regarding opening day.
The District Education Centre is open to the public 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
As the BC Teachers’ Federation is engaged in province-wide strike action, schools in Surrey are not open. At this time, summer programs are moving forward. Updates will be posted here and in the Spotlight article below.
Please see the July 3 letter to parents from superintendent Jordan Tinney regarding summer school.
Superintendent letter to parents/guardians regarding summer school.
Superintendent Jordan Tinney has provided parents & guardians an update on several issues relating to the strike/lockout.
PDF version of June 26 parent letter from Supt. Jordan Tinney
June 26 Supt. letter to parents (Punjabi)
The District Education Centre is closed to the public on Monday, June 30. Staff may access and work in the building; however, no public services will be available and the doors will be locked. The DEC will reopen July 2
A list of the dates, times and locations of all Surrey Schools provincial exams by subject is now available.
A request to parents regarding a potential walk-out by secondary students.