GRAD CEREMONIES this week and next at public schools won’t be affected by the refusal of teachers to take part in extracurricular activities.
Principals and other non-union staff members and parents are filling in where needed, says Coast Mountains school board chair Art Erasmus.
At graduation, teachers do such tasks as read the names of the graduates, which others can do, he said.
Teachers aren’t taking part in extra-curricular activities due to their ongoing contract dispute with the provincial government.
Caledonia Senior Secondary School principal Cam MacKay said his school’s graduation will go on.
“We’ll make sure it goes off and the parents are really doing 99.9 per cent of the role,” he said, adding administrative staff are working on grad.
A grad prom and dry grad are being organized by parents.
Parkside Secondary School’s graduation won’t be affected as the ceremony is during school time.
“Everything will still be fine,” said school principal Louise Ormerod.
Parents, administration and youth workers are working on graduation at Parkside.
Caledonia holds its graduation this Friday, June 8 and Parkside holds its graduation on Thursday, June 14.
Thornhill Junior Secondary School, which is closing when school is out this month, is holding a farewell event the afternoon and early evening of June 22.
There’s no formal program planned at this event.