Report cards will be issued for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 in School District 6 (Kimberley), but not for kindergarten through Grade 9 students.
Paul Carriere, superintendent of School District 6, said the district will be able to issue report cards for senior students.
“It has been a very quickly evolving situation,” said Carriere. “We did get an order that teachers would be required to submit marks for Grades 10 and 11, despite the fact that they are on strike. Teachers are currently in the process of doing that work. They will have completed that work by Thursday morning. At that point, schools will be in a position to generate report cards for all students in Grades 10, 11 and 12.”
But report cards for kindergarten to Grade 9 students weren’t deemed an essential service by the Labour Relations Board, so they won’t be issued this summer.
“Despite the fact that there were some teachers who got their marks in, there were a whole bunch of others who didn’t, and nobody was able to go through a verification process,” said Carriere. “So we are really not in a position to be able to say that the marks that we do have are accurate, and many of them we just don’t have at all.”
Instead, parents of children up to Grade 7 will receive a letter from the school district that tells them whether their child will progress to the next grade.
“If they have any concerns about that progress, they are welcome to come into the school and meet with the administration to do that,” said Carriere.
Parents of students in Grades 8 and 9 will receive correspondence from the school district confirming which courses the students will be enrolled in for the 2014-2015 school year.
“But we won’t be able to tell them what their final mark was in the courses they had this year. That doesn’t mean that isn’t going to happen at some point in the future; it just means that right now it’s not happening,” said Carriere.
Meanwhile, Selkirk Secondary graduates won’t notice many changes to commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 28 at the Kimberley Civic Centre.
“I don’t think there will be many, if any changes at all to the commencement ceremony,” said Carriere.
“For example, there may have been teachers up on stage presenting things to them in the past. It will be different people. But in terms of the graduation ceremony going forward, it won’t have an impact.”
As reported in the Wednesday, June 25 issue of the Townsman, Mount Baker Secondary’s commencement ceremonies will also be unaffected today, Thursday, June 26.
The only change is that the grads will muster at Western Financial Place, which is also the ceremony location, instead of at the high school.
In School District 5 (Cranbrook), marks for Grades 10, 11 and 12 students will be released in the coming weeks, but again, the only thing released for students in kindergarten through Grade 9 will be information on attendance and whether the child is progressing in the new school year.
Summer school has been cancelled in School District 5, but School District 6 doesn’t hold summer school so in that way it has not been affected by the job action between the Ministry of Education and the B.C. Teachers Federation.