K-12 Bulletin #22 – COVID-19 FAQ #6

As we get ready for the September 8 return to schools, it seems as though this summer has flown by. Please ensure that both your site health and safety committee and your joint health and safety committee have a copy of your district’s safety plan. We’ll continue to provide updates as we get new information. […]

We can’t be together this Labour Day—but we’re still in this together

Labour Day has always been one of my favourite days of the year. As the heat of summer begins to fade and the chill of fall approaches, Labour Day offers one more opportunity to get together with friends and family. And of course, it gives working people an opportunity to come together to reflect on—and […]

K-12 Bulletin #21 – Province approves all K-12 safety plans

Education Minister Rob Fleming announced this after­noon that all K-12 safety plans have been approved. Most safety plans, which required input from CUPE locals, are now available for review on individual district web sites. CUPE members will be returning to schools on September 8 for orientation on the safety plans. The plans will be monitored and adapted as […]

K-12 Bulletin #20 – COVID-19 FAQ #5

As we head into the last two weeks of summer, I hope members have been enjoying time with family and staying safe. The deadline for districts to provide their safety plans to the government was August 21. All locals should have a copy of the safety plans for their district. According to the K-12 Education […]

K-12 operational guidelines updated August 17

School districts have received updated operational guidelines for K-12. Updates include mandatory masks for staff and students in middle and high schools in high traffic areas such as buses and common areas (hallways) or anytime outside their learning group whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained. The guidelines also include increased cleaning of high contact surfaces, increased hand hygiene […]

K-12 Bulletin #19 – COVID-19 FAQ #4

Schools will re-open on September 8–11, with days in place for support staff and others in the school to familiarize themselves with procedures before students start back. New health and safety measures need to be put in place. Districts must submit safety plans to government by August 21. Locals should be meeting with districts now […]

Federal government action needed to save the PNE

VANCOUVER – A century old tradition of summer in the lower mainland of BC is being threatened by a loophole in the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The largest union representing workers at the Pacific National Exhibition says long-term survival of the Exhibition – and the jobs of over 4,200 people […]

Phased-in approach to re-opening schools a solid plan—CUPE BC

BURNABY—CUPE BC and the CUPE K-12 Presidents Council welcome Education Minister Rob Fleming’s announcement today that schools will re-open the week of September 8–11 as scheduled, with orientation days in place for support staff, teachers and other workers in schools to familiarize themselves with procedures before students return to classrooms on September 10. “The number […]

K-12 Bulletin #18 – COVID-19 FAQ #3

We have received questions on many topics including: the impact on family bubbles with multiple children in different learning groups; WorkSafeBC coverage for COVID; and what happens in a family if their child’s learning group is quarantined. CUPE and the K-12 Presidents Council continue to seek answers and clarity on many issues from government and […]