06/28/2014 02:36 EDT | Updated 08/28/2014 05:59 EDT

B.C. teachers' strike: Remedial summer school 'essential'

In a ruling issued late last night, the B.C. Labour Relations Board determined that remedial summer school courses are essential.

The B.C. Teachers' Federation announced it would be picketing summer school, which was originally scheduled to start Monday, but the LRB's ruling means that some summer classes will go ahead.

The LRB is asking school districts to provide, by July 2, a list of remedial Grade 10, 11 and 12 classes and the names of the instructors who will be assigned to teach the classes.

The LRB notes that enrolment in those classes will be restricted to students who failed one of the classes and cannot make it up in the next school year. A list of those students is to be made available by July 7.

The board ordered the province to remove lockout provisions for those teachers assigned to summer school. It also said the union is permitted to picket the summer school sites, but must allow teachers, students and facility personnel unrestricted access to the schools.

A start date for summer school has not been set.

Year-round schools will not be picketed by the BCTF and will go ahead as planned.

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