School will start Monday, September 22

September 19, 2014

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September 19, 2014


Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff,


I am delighted to confirm that school will start on Monday, September 22nd.


Over the past two days, teachers and Boards of Education across the province voted in favour of ratifying an agreement reached between the BC Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) and BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF). This means the strike is over and schools are now open.


Monday, September 22nd:

  • The first day of school will be Monday, September 22nd.
  • All students (except kindergarten students) will attend a shortened day. Please visit your school website for exact times for your school.
  • The day will be dedicated to registration and class organization, following our normal opening day routines.


Tuesday, September 23rd:

  • All students (except kindergarten students) will be in full attendance.
  • We will then proceed with school as it normally unfolds the rest of the school year.


Gradual Entry for Kindergarten

Every year we have a gradual entry for Kindergarten. This involves a phasing in of small groups and shortened attendance times, allowing children to adjust to a new school environment and families to develop relationships with teachers. Gradual entry is typically a two-week process, but this year will be shortened to six days. Parents of kindergarten students are being provided with further details.


Bussing for Students with Special Needs

Monday: Bus service for elementary students, but not for secondary students.

Tuesday:  Full service for both elementary and secondary students.

Parents will be called by drivers this weekend to confirm pick-up and drop-off times. 


Secondary Semesters

The Ministry of Education is planning to schedule an alternate exam week in order to assist schools in balancing semesters for secondary students.  Once we know when this week is scheduled for, any alterations in schedules at our semester schools will be provided to you via your school.


Parent Teacher Meetings, Early Dismissals and Collaboration Days

Within the calendar are a number of evenings or afternoons that are for either communication with parents or for staff collaboration purposes. These priorities will remain, but the days may need to change.  Any changes will be communicated to you via your school.



I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our students, parents and staff for your patience throughout the strike. It has been challenging for our entire school district community. I am excited that school will now be starting and we can return to the exceptional teaching and learning we pride ourselves on.



Dianne Turner

Superintendent, Delta School District