No summer school without deal: VSB
Summer school is looking unlikely in Vancouver unless a deal is reached soon. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)
Unless a deal is struck between the government and teachers by July 3, Vancouver School Board chairwoman Patti Bacchus says there will be no summer school for any students in the city.
That includes those who failed their Grade 12 courses and need remedial classes, she said.
“At this point, it doesn’t appear there would be remedial if the strike continues ... in pretty well every case we’re aware of, students can take the course next year,” Bacchus said.
Her decision — made after consultation with other school districts in Metro Vancouver — comes after an essential services order last week deemed remedial courses during the summer neccesary.
But Bacchus said the order made it clear summer school must only be held for those who would be unable to take a remedial course during the new school year in September.
“We had planned to make a decision earlier, but instead we delayed the start (of summer school) to next week,” she said.
“We would’ve had summer school start (Wednesday) ... the best case? We go ahead next week. But if there’s no deal by Thursday, I would say there’s no summer school.”