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Recesses being cancelled at schools that have it

Cancelled recesses are the latest casualty of job action by Cowichan teachers.

"The district is sending a letter home with students today or tomorrow explaining that recess will be cancelled at the seven schools that have it,'' noted Cowichan District Teachers' Association president Naomi Nilsson Thursday.

School District 79 superintendent Joe Rhodes confirmed the letters were going to those attending the impacted schools and will be effective Monday.

"We will be adjusting the day without affecting bus schedules to cancel them as we cannot expect school-based administration to safely supervise and it is too disruptive to send district staff out for 15 minutes in the middle of the work day,'' added Rhodes.

Job action across B.C. in the teachers' three-phase contract dispute with the provincial government began Wednesday with the withdrawal of supervisory activities.

"Supervision is covered off and we recognize that teachers will not be meeting with administration except for emergency reasons,'' Rhodes pointed out.

Phase 2 plans would involve rotating one-day walkouts around the province, but there's no timeline yet for launching that part of the campaign.

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