Recess cancellation draws ire

Naomi Nilsson during last year
Naomi Nilsson during last year's march to Cowichan Secondary School by CUPE workers to make job concerns known to School District 79 officials.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

The Cowichan District Teachers' Association has denounced the decision of Cowichan School District 79 to eliminate recess at seven valley schools during the teachers' job action with the provincial government.

"Cowichan teachers are saddened that the school district has chosen to follow the directive of the provincial teacher bargaining agent, BCPSEA, by cancelling recess,'' noted CDTA president Naomi Nilsson in a statement.

"We note that there are only seven schools that require 15 minutes of supervision, and over 20 excluded staff to cover those time slots. That number does not include the principals at those seven schools.

"We wish that this effort by our school district would instead be directed towards the provincial bargaining table to aid in facilitating a fairly-negotiated deal.''

Phase 1 of the teachers' job action started April 23 and cancellation of recesses began last Monday.


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