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NEWS RELEASE · 27th October 2011
Terrace District Teachers'
The Terrace District Teachers' Union would like to thank the parents and students of School District 82 for their continued support and understanding as we work through phase one of our job action.

Teachers fully understand that parents are concerned about their child's education.

Because of this, we have structured phase one so that it is all about teaching and not about the administrative duties. Teachers believe this time is better devoted to students.

Education Minister George Abbott is considering legislation to end the current strike. His rationale for this government interference is his concern that you, the parents, are not being given the details of your child's progress.

There are two points that need to be made clear immediately so that both parents and students have accurate information.

In July, the Labour Relations Board (LRB) ruled on the application by BCPSEA and the BCTF that report cards and marks (except for Grade 12 marks required for graduation, post-secondary applications, and scholarship purposes) were not an essential service.

Formal report cards, those referred to by Minister Abbott, would not be organized in most schools until end of November if we were not in job action, so his presumption that parents are uninformed about their child's progress is premature at best.

In the meantime, teachers are open to communicating with parents. If you have concerns about your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher.

These communications may include informal meetings, phone calls, assignments sent home to be signed and returned, comments in agendas, notes home, depending on the method employed by an individual teacher.

Second, phase one does not stop teachers from providing students and their parents with informal progress reports at any time.

In fact, the Terrace District Teachers' Union and the BC Teachers' Federation expect that informal reporting is occurring on an ongoing basis be it teacher, student or parent initiated and if there are any concerns, that these concerns are discussed with parents at the earliest possible date.

The intent of phase one is for teachers to get back to the basics of teaching by eliminating administrative duties with as few disruptions as possible for students.

For the minister to suggest legislation this early in the process, for reasons that are unfounded, is not only insincere but also appears to be based on misinformation.

If you have any questions about the progress of your child please contact the teacher. Teachers are happy to discuss your child's progress with you.
"Special needs students."
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 28th October 2011
I am interested in the use of Ritalin within our education system. I abhor its use.

Who does the prescribing? On whose recommendations? It is a major drug meant only to be used by psychiatrists. Teachers and General Practitioners play a dangerous game with Ritalin.

There are many Terrace young people on Ritalin, against their wills.....just so they can attend school.

Who is are the busy psychiatrists? Thank you.