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Bulletin – B.C. moving forward with seamless childcare in schools

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The provincial government will be moving forward with fully integrating before- and after-school care into B.C. schools, staffed by K-12 school support workers.

This initiative will use existing school space as well as school district resources and staff to provide seamless care without additional pickups and drop-offs for families.

CUPE BC President Karen Ranalletta joined Premier David Eby to announce the project this week in Victoria.

“We are excited to partner with government to help make lives easier for parents and continue to offer the same high-quality support to children before and after school that they receive during school hours,” said Ranalletta. “We recognize the need that families face in finding childcare and our members are proud to be part of the solution.”

Three school districts have been selected to pilot the initiative this fall: Chilliwack, Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Nechako Lakes. Education Assistants, Early childhood educators and other support staff in these school districts will provide learning and care for children in classrooms and school spaces. This will mean more hours for school support staff in these districts, and provide much needed childcare in their communities.

Each district will create a model of care that meets provincial guidelines and local needs. The initiative will be evaluated and lessons will support ongoing expansion in other districts across the province.

Read more on about the announcement HERE

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Bulletin – Executive board elections 2024

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The K-12 Presidents Council held elections for the executive board last week. Executive positions are for a three-year term and are voted on by CUPE presidents or designated representatives for K-12 sector locals in B.C.

President
Paul Simpson – CUPE 379

Vice-President
Jeanette Beauvillier – CUPE 4990

Secretary Treasurer
Stacey Robinson – CUPE 716

Recording Secretary
Dawn Armstrong – CUPE 3500

Membership Officer
Warren Williams – CUPE 15

Trustee
Dave Bollen – CUPE 409

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Bulletin – Learning Improvement Fund allocations for the 2024-25 school year are now available

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LIF provides an ongoing multi-year commitment from the provincial government for additional resources to the K-12 public education system, specifically targeted to support students with diverse needs.

All B.C. School Districts are required to engage in genuine consultation with locals on how its LIF allocation will be used. School districts must meet with locals, and report back to the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) by June 7, 2024.

For it to be a genuine consultation the district must meet with the school support staff union local in an honest and respectful manner. Consultations between respective school districts and locals must:

  • consider background information, including the amount of the LIF available to the district,
  • make appropriate suggestions for use of the LIF,
  • be able to express opinions freely,
  • carefully listen to differing points of view,
  • give input about suitable alternate options,
  • thoughtfully address concerns raised by the other party.

School districts are required to confirm with BCPSEA that consultations were (i) held with mutual respect and cooperation, and (ii) there is legitimate intent to take into account the concerns of both parties.

It is important to note, that while school districts are required to confirm genuine consultations took place, school districts are not required to confirm that the parties have agreed upon the usage of the LIF.

School districts are required to complete a Confirmation of Genuine Consultation form and submit to BCPSEA by June 7. To be complete, the form must be signed by a representative of the school support staff union local. By signing this form, the union will be confirming that genuine consultations took place that met the required criteria.

Information of the LIF allocations for each B.C. School District can be found on the provincial government website and bcschools.cupe.ca. The genuine consultation form can be found on bcschools.cupe.ca. The LIF regulation, including what it can be use for, can be found here.

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