Strike - Week Two

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Strike - Week Two
by Christine Etele - Monday, 8 September 2014, 10:34 PM
I would like to thank all of you who were able to attend last weeks COPACS meeting. 

Unfortunately it appears that the impasse between the BCTF and the government will continue for the time being.  COPACS is encouraging all PACS to meet with their executive and to plan on holding PAC meetings to reach out to parents and families via whatever mechanisms you may have still in place.  If you would like myself or one of the executive of COPACS to attend please let us know.

We need to get district families to regularly check for messages on the district website and COPACS website.  At this time this is the main vehicle we have for disseminating information.  The executive will work on the ideas proposed at last weeks meeting, but in the meantime it is very important that individual PACs mobilize what resources they may have to:

- Establish communication linkages with school families that includes creating awareness of the SD 63 website superintendent messages and information on the COPACS website and Facebook page.

- Collect and share questions and or concerns that families are raising. COPACS will then work with the district at ways to answer and or address them.

- Problem solve at the local school level on how to support families struggling with supervision and alternate educational opportunities for their children.

As always, COPACS will continue to work closely with all of our education partners to maintain the healthy respectful relationships that we have come to expect in Saanich.  With your support and engagement COPACS will also continue, in conjunction with parents across the province, to advocate for solutions that see an immediate resumption of classes, a fair and negotiated settlement and learning resources that meet the needs of all children in the classroom.

James Taylor
Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils in Saanich (COPACS)