March 31, 2021

Students in Grades 4-12 now required to wear masks at school

We were relieved to learn that the province strengthened their position on mask-wearing in schools, with students in Grades 4–12 now required to wear their masks full-time while at school, and mask-wearing encouraged among younger students in Kindergarten to Grade 3. For more details on the new mask mandate, and to read about other updates to the Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for schools, click here.

Climate Justice Webinar on Earth Day

The Environmental Justice Action Group invites classes to attend a Climate Justice Webinar on April 22 from 10:30–11:30 a.m. The webinar is for Grades 4–12. We will hear from youth activists, and classes will have a chance to take part in discussions. The webinar focuses on Earth Day through an Indigenous lens. Optional pre- and post-webinar activities will be provided. To register, click on the Events tab in the Member's Portal.

Labour Climate Forum

The BCTF, BCGEU, and the Vancouver and District Labour Council are hosting a joint virtual Climate Justice Conference on April 10 from 1:00–5:00 p.m. Meet other trade unionists and discuss strategies and actions we can take to leverage labour’s power to solve the climate crisis. The Conference features expert keynote speakers including: Jane Mcalevey, John Cartwright, and Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham). The conference will also include two workshops and a closing panel with youth activists from across BC.  Full details and registration information are available on the conference website

Children’s General Assembly

While world leaders meet in New York for the UN General Assembly from September 19–21, 2021, children from around the world will convene their own assembly to discuss their approach to solving the world’s most critical issues. The goal of the Children’s Assembly is to present the UN with a united voice from children around the world. Children ages 10–17, are invited to apply. For more information and to apply, click here. Apply by April 7, 2021, to participate in the Children’s General Assembly. Those who sign up after the deadline can still view and comment on the assembly meeting in September.

Opportunities for Members

Advisory Committee openings
The BCTF has several openings on a variety of advisory committees. Advisory committee positions are volunteer positions with two- or three-year terms. Please visit the Opportunities for Members page online for descriptions of each committee, and details about committee members’ roles. The deadline to apply is5:00 p.m. on June 4, 2021.

Employment Opportunity: Director, Field Service Division
The Director of the Field Service Division has overall responsibility for the effective operation of the division, including the design and implementation of programs and the administration of budgets. The director supervises and provides direction to divisional staff. The role includes co-ordinating aspects of work of the division related to support to locals in political action, contract enforcement, and a range of professional, social justice, Aboriginal education, health and safety, and other issues. For more information and application instructions, view the posting online. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021.

LGBTQ2S+ Issues Session
The BCTF is seeking members to virtually attend a two-day Issues Session for members who identify as LGBTQ2S+ on May 17 and 18, 2021. Participation in all meetings is required for those appointed. The issues session will provide opportunities to strengthen connections and community for BCTF members who identify as LGBTQ2S+, examine current issues for LGBTQ2S+ teachers, and provide recommendations regarding future advocacy, supports, policy and/or programs that could further support LGBTQ2S+ members. For more information and application instructions, visit the Opportunities for Members page online. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on April 6, 2021.

Issues Session on Racism
BCTF members who identify as First Nations, Inuit, Metis, and persons of colour are invited to apply to participate in the BCTF 2021 Issues Session on Racism. The session will take place virtually on the evening of Thursday, April 29 and all day, Friday, April 30. This issues session will provide opportunities to strengthen connections between the community of BIPOC members, develop proposals for concrete actions to address racism, and draft a professional statement of principles to guide the antiracism work of the BCTF. For more information on the BCTF Issues Session on Racism, see the reports to the BCTF Executive Committee on the BCTF Equity and Inclusion webpage. The posting and application form are available online. The application deadline is Friday, April 9, at 4:45 p.m.