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LETTER: SD 20 Superintendent discourages student walkout slated for tomorrow

Dear parents and guardians:

In schools across British Columbia, a student walkout is being promoted for the morning of Wednesday, June 4.

While I respect the desire of students to express their views regarding the current labour dispute, the proposed walkout raises a number of concerns, particularly with regard to student safety.

I am writing to inform you that School District No. 20 (Kootenay‐Columbia) does not sanction the proposed walkout. As a result, parents should be aware that:

  •  While districts are responsible for the safety of students on school property, student safety cannot be guaranteed for students participating in walkout activities outside school property even if those activities take place during school hours;
  •  We do not know who, if anyone, is organizing local walkout activities, and parents should not expect those activities to be supervised by school or district staff;
  •  To ensure their own safety and to avoid adding further disruptions to their learning during this already difficult dispute, I encourage students not to participate in the walkout.

Sincerely,
Greg Luterbach
Superintendent of Schools