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May 26, 2021

  1. Get the details on the government’s restart plan
  2. Reminder to vote in the Section 53 ratification vote
  3. Apply now for the Women’s Wellness Event
  4. National AccessAbility Week is May 30 to June 5

Get the details on the government’s restart plan

On May 25, the BC government announced their new four-step plan for a gradual restart of businesses and activities as COVID-19 cases continue to decline and vaccinations increase. You can read up on the restart plan here. Importantly, none of the changes announced today will impact our schools this spring or school year. The existing mask mandate, distancing, and safety plans will not change. In terms of summer school and schools with balanced calendars, conversations at the Ministry Steering Committee are ongoing. The BCTF representatives are advocating for the safety measures currently in place, to remain in place. The BCTF is also continuing to work with the government’s steering committee to advocate for the critical safety measures that need to be in place and still enhanced for the next school year. Those decisions, including whether or not cohorts will be used, have not been made by government yet. 

The BCTF is focusing our advocacy on better staffing, maintaining safe distancing, keeping enhanced cleaning protocols, student access to vaccines, and upgrading ventilation systems. We know COVID-19 will still be circulating in our communities this fall and children won’t all be vaccinated. We will continue to update members on the decisions as they get made. In the meantime, please remember to encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated. 

Reminder to vote in the Section 53 ratification vote

The BCTF is holding a province-wide membership vote about potential changes to local bargaining. For details about the potential changes, go to the BCTF member portal to read the Agreement-in-Committee, FAQs, and backgrounders. Voting is open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. Members should have already received a personalized ballot link from Simply Voting by email. Search your inbox and junk mail for simplyvoting. If you can’t find it, email You can also vote by phone by calling 1-800-871-6131 or 236-330-8995 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

Apply now for the Women’s Wellness Event

There is still time to apply for the BCTF Women’s Wellness Event, which will take place on the evening of Thursday, June 10, and all day, Friday, June 11, 2021. This event will include a panel discussion, workshop sessions, wellness activities, slam poetry, and music performances. Leaves of Absence will be provided. All members who identify as women are encouraged to apply. For more information and application instructions, click here. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 28, 2021.

National AccessAbility Week is May 30 to June 5

National AccessAbility Week celebrates, promotes, and showcases progress in Canada toward the removal of barriers to participation, and the promotion of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. You can show your support by wearing a red shirt on June 2 to create a visible display of solidarity for individuals and families who are living with disabilities. Visit the Red Shirt Day webpage for more information including a Red Shirt Day Pledge, Art Contest details, and a list of resources that promote diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. 

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