Langley public school kids are now in class

Doors of Langley School District schools opened for the start of a new school year Monday.

Students missed 14 days of this school year and time back in June during the last school year.

“The Ministry of Education has decided that time lost at the beginning of this school year will not be made up,” explained Langley superintendent Suzanne Hoffman.

There will be tweeking of the calendar.

A scheduled non-instructional half day that was to take place on Friday, Sept. 26 will be rescheduled, likely in the spring.

“Semestered secondary schools may alter their semester turn-around days to balance the two semesters but otherwise we will be implementing the current approved calendars as they are” Hoffman said. “Details of any date changes to semester turn-around will be communicated with the affected families as soon as they are available.”

Families are advised to keep a close eye on their school’s websites for changes.

The district has done preliminary work on what the job action has meant financially.

“The Ministry of Education will be reclaiming the costs associated with the lost time,” according to Langley School District secretary-treasurer David Green.  “This includes teacher salaries and benefits and well as various operating expenses. The impact on the budget should be minimal as the money saved will be taken back by the ministry.”

The contract was ratified last week by teacher votes and by school district, which also had to vote. So on a drizzly Monday morning, Langley schools welcomed back more than 18,000 students.

“This journey has been long and challenging but the District is thankful for your patience and excited to begin a new school year,” Hoffman said in an opening day letter to parents.

Families impacted by the job action can sign up with the government to receive $40 per day for the missed time this school year from Sept. 2 to the day the contract was ratified.

The online registration site is still accepting applications (https://www.etax.gov.bc.ca/btp/tesp/_/).

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