IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:

September 1, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We regret to inform you that following weekend exploratory talks with Vince Ready, the

BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association

(BCPSEA) were unable to conclude a negotiated agreement. While we remain optimistic

that this will occur in the near future, our schools will not open to commence the school

year on Tuesday, September 2nd. We anticipate that teachers will not report to work, and

that our schools will be behind picket lines. This is disappointing news for our staff, and

especially our students and families.

All Chilliwack schools will be closed for instruction tomorrow. School district buses will

not operate. Although principals and vice-principals will be in their schools, they are

unable to provide students with instruction or supervision. Therefore, we request that

families make alternate arrangements for their children as necessary. Daycares on

school district sites will continue to remain open.

We recognize the pressure that this situation puts on families. Nevertheless, we will

remain optimistic that we will soon be welcoming our students and staff into their schools.

We have been informed that mediator Vince Ready will continue to monitor the situation

and will be talking with both parties on a daily basis.

We encourage parents to check our website (www.sd33.bc.ca) and follow the local

media for any changes over the next number of days. Parents can also check the BC

government website information for parents regarding Teacher bargaining updates and

information: http://bcparentinfo.ca/latest-news/ for any new developments.

Thank you for your continued understanding.

Sincerely,

Evelyn Novak

Superintendent of Schools