Welcome Back 2016/2017

I trust that everyone had a relaxing summer with plenty of time spent with family and friends. This certainly has been a busy and HOT week. I have received a number of calls about the temperature in some of our buildings and this seems completely unacceptable that there are no cooling mechanisms for staff and students.  Lisa Gretzky made a statement this week that I would like to share with you. She said “Classrooms, including portables, too hot for students to focus and for education workers to perform their duties. In the winter those same rooms will be cold enough that students and education workers will need to wear coats to stay reasonably warm. It’s long overdue for the Liberal Government to #fixourschools” I couldn’t agree with her more.

I urge you to bring this issue to the attention of your joint health and safety committee and continue to push this issue throughout the school year with your administrators. In the meantime continue to follow the steps in this video to avoid heat illness and injury.


Have you logged into EDSBY?download

When someone asks me what Edsby is, I can’t really explain it other than you have to try it out for yourself! It is similar to First Class, but has a Facebook feel to it.  Schools, HR and OSSTF will move all teamsite information to Edsby and will be fully using this APP for postings,  any other information relevant to our bargaining unit work. Full transition is set for January 1st, so please sign up today!

Direct Link to Connect to EDSBY


Orange Shirt Day Friday September 30th, 2016

(credit http://www.ictinc.ca/blog/what-is-orange-shirt-day)

Orange shirt day is a movement that officially began in 2013 but in reality it began in 1973 when six year old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams Lake, BC. Young Phyllis was wearing a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school – new clothes being a rare and wonderful thing for a First Nation girl growing up in her grandmother’s care – but the Mission Oblates quickly stripped her of her new shirt and replaced it with the school’s institutional uniform.

Ms. Webstad’s story is the nucleus for what has become a national movement to recognize the experience of survivors of Indian residential schools, honour them, and show a collective commitment to ensure that every child matters. The initiative calls for every Canadian to wear an orange shirt on September 30 in the spirit of healing and reconciliation.

The date, September 30, was chosen because that was the time of the year the trucks and buses would enter the communities to “collect” the children and deliver them to their harsh new reality of cultural assimilation, mental, sexual and physical abuse, shame and deprivation.


Attendance Management Update

The Board has shared the following information with members and the expectation is that members will follow Board policy with respect to reporting of and absences.

  •  The program has “restarted” effective September 2016.
  • The BAR remains at 11 days in a 12 working month rolling period
  • The date to begin capturing absences will be September 1, 2016
  • 5 days or more with substantiated medical do not count towards the accumulation of absences.

Please ensure you familiarize yourself with the Administrative Procedure and call the office if you have any questions. attendance-support-ap-hr-draft-2016



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Author: Martha Hradowy

President of the Educational Support Staff Bargaining Unit District 9

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