Make alternate arrangements: New West school district

The New Westminster school district is asking parents to find alternate child-care arrangements for their children during next week's three-day strike planned by the B.C. Teachers' Federation.

In a notice, the district said because of the strike there will be no classes and there will not be sufficient staff to provide adequate supervision.

Since there will not be pickets around the schools or child-care sites on school property, parents can access the sites without crossing any picket lines.

Superintendent John Woudzia also issued a notice to parents advising them a planned walkout by Vancouver students on Friday is not a school-sanctioned event, should any New Westminster students participate.

Those that do will be marked absent, they will not excused from tests and if they ignore the district or school code of conduct they will be dealt with by school administration.

Woudzia asked parents to encourage their children to remain in class, and suggests if they want to express their thoughts about the labour dispute they can write letters, sign petitions or attend rallies outside of school hours.

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