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NEWS RELEASE · 3rd October 2011
Terrace District Teachers'
Despite a clear LRB ruling that recess supervision is not an essential service, School District 82 officials have cancelled recess in all schools throughout the district.

Teachers recently stopped performing non-instructional duties such as recess supervision, in order to draw attention to chronic under-funding in their classrooms.

Karen Andrews, Terrace District Teachers’ Union President, states, “the cancellation of recess is not necessary and the LRB has suggested various alternatives.

"Nonetheless, School District 82 made this controversial decision without adequately considering the needs of children and families. Despite this action, teachers are resourceful and will make the best of this situation.”

Coast Mountains is only one of a handful of school districts across the province that has taken this dubious step.

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As I posted
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 4th October 2011
As I posted on another article, we can not and shold not DEMAND teachers volunteer their time. It would not be acceptable for me to walk down the streets demanding every person volunteer thus risk being called, fat, lazy, mean, uncaring etc...

We have NO right to tell them what to do on their free time. In fact we should appreciate what they have been doing.
Student Teacher Ratio
Comment by Pascal deLancey on 4th October 2011
Teachers say classes are overcrowded. Well there is only two solutions for that. Either tell the stupid kids to drop out or hire more teachers.

So what happens when you hire more teachers? Well, the union gets to collect more union dues and the leaders in the BCTF get to keep collecting their fat cheques. In today's world the unions have become what they originally despised; they're just big corporations.
No Recess Rears It's Ugly Head Once Again.
Comment by Jennifer Lewis on 4th October 2011
This is the second time the Administration has implemented a No RECESS policy in our district.

The first was at Cassie Hall Elementary School in 2006 to 2007. The Administration found that kids who had recess couldn't settle down and focus on school learning activities and many kids were referred to the office for poor behaviour after recess.

Administration at the school cancelled all recess for all students in the school.

Parents at the school were outraged! We called meetings after meetings. We pleaded with school officials to reinstate recess with no success.

In the end of 2006, The administration said that they were so happy with the results of no recess, poor behaviour referrals from teachers had declined so the Administration calimed that it was a successful experiment.

Administration said that the whole district would soon be implementing a no recess policy for all schools based on the findings from Cassie Hall Elelmnetary School.

Today, the board has found a way of implementing a very poor policy. The policy is poor because it doesn't take into account the kids who need a break to move from one activity to another.

I can't believe that anyone thinks this is going to improve our School Districts' learning outcomes.

Here is hoping District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) and PAC's can contribute to changing this policy ASAP.
school need to be a place of learning .
Comment by stundents mom. on 4th October 2011
it seems our children are put in the districts cross fires again,oh we got 4 day school week back,but now your children can not play outside,or have a break,it's cause your not being paid to,well seems to me when i grow up,other childrens moms watched over us at break and lunch,we where not asked if it is in your best intrest to remove the best part of school,the part where they get to breathe and be kids,we say save the animals but cage up your kids in a class cause the teacher says she doesnt want to lose a fight,dear teachers maybe ,just maybe you could use your break time to figure out a real sulotion to the real issues at hand..
Teachers and volunteerism
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 4th October 2011
Teachers volunteer MANY hours towards our children. If they choose to pull out of volunteering, to raise awareness that your childrens educations are underfunded, we have no choice but to support them.

You would not publicly scold any other volunteer for stopping volunteering. Teachers are no different. They have the right to choose whether they volunteer optional time or not.

As parents we need to get out there, show our appreciation for what they do, and support them in any way that we can. Which means direct our anger where it belongs. Administration and government.

Lets show our teachers we appreciate the job they do raising, supporting and teaching our children for many hours in the day... I bet that appreciation will go a LONG way in the classroom with our children.
outrageous
Comment by Leanne on 4th October 2011
Children have a small attention span. To make them sit through an entire session of classes without a break is wrong. They need to get outside and get fresh air. The teachers need a break from the kids too. Perhaps the schools need to hire duty's again.
Funny enough
Comment by Nate Dawg on 4th October 2011
Funny enough, neither the school board or the BCTF bother to ask parents and students what's best. Both try their best to manipulate the public any way they can.

The BCTF say teachers need 22% pay increases, 10+2 days of bereavement if a friend dies, 5 years of paid maternity leave, etc....

The school board says they need to lay off support staff so they have enough money to hire more administration, paying/fighting court fines to WCB from trying to force employees to handle asbestos improperly , and paying former board office members. Does anybody know what kind of settlements the former secretary treasurer and superintendent got? It doesn't appear in the financial statements.

Parents and students are just tools used by these two parties fight over money and power. There are some very caring and very people in both camps, but on the whole our kids are NOT the priority, just a means to an end.

Maybe this is why public schools have trouble filling their halls, and private schools do not.
Bottom line? or Education?
Comment by Agree on 4th October 2011
I agree wholeheartedly - our school board continues to make decisions based on their own needs vs the needs of our children in the classroom! I've heard that a certain high handed boss is flown south to visit family at our expense every few weeks and district staff have been hired unnecessary because other staff can't adequately perform all their duties thus, we pay 2 people to do one job constantly! Teachers and support staff are fighting for our kids; I suppport their re-actions to the massive cuts our kids always suffer! Isn't it suppose to be about education not bottom lines and cushy board jobs????
Helping
Comment by Concerned on 3rd October 2011
Maybe what these children are doing it helping to get the point accross. It is about the children and their education as well as the teachers being able to do their jobs. Over the past several years teachers have been under the gun and not able to to what they have been trained to do because of politicts. The government control everything and we all need to make a stand one way or another. Just saying.
putting our kids last?
Comment by Megan G on 3rd October 2011
Is it just me or does our school district have a chronic habit of putting our children last?
My child has a hard enough time keeping his attention on task on a normal day, I can't imagine the difficulty he would have put his teacher through today.