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B.C. schools aim to reopen Monday if teachers vote 'yes'

09/18/2014 12:03 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:58 EDT
Plans are in the works to reopen schools across B.C. on Monday if the province's 41,000 public school teachers vote 'yes' to a tentative contract deal today.

Vancouver and Delta have already announced plans to open schools with a partial day on Monday. But some districts had professional development days already scheduled for Monday.

Surrey says it plans to reschedule its PD day so schools can reopen without delay. Superintendent Jordan Tinney says teachers will actually be able to return Friday if they approve the deal.

"It may be that some teachers decide to come to work on Friday. If that is the case then that will be a huge help to our plans for starting up on Monday and of course that also allows our support staff to come back and people also need to appreciate the really important role that support staff play in getting our schools ready."

The BCTF is recommending teachers accept the tentative deal reached Tuesday with the B.C. government, which includes a 7.25 per cent salary increase over six years.

But many teachers are speaking out and questioning whether the deal does enough to improve classroom conditions or help special needs students.

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