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Teachers will not picket at schools, but parents need to make other plans: district

There will be no picket lines at Burnaby schools next week, allowing parents to access their regular childcare sites, according to the Burnaby school district.

Teachers may, however, be handing out information leaflets near schools, said Superintendent Claudio Morelli in a letter to parents Thursday.

And with insufficient staff to provide adequate supervision to children without childcare, "we ask that parents make alternate arrangements for their children during the strike."

B.C. teachers are escalating their legal job action and will withdraw all services for three days starting Monday, March 5. It's expected teachers will return to work on Thursday, March 8.

The walkout is in response to the provincial government's actions in legislating an end to job action, which has been in place on a limited basis since the start of the school year. The legislation, which will also impose a cooling off period during which any further walkouts are subject to hefty fines, and appoint a mediator to contract negotiations, are currently in the process of being debated in the Legislature.

Info: www.sd41.bc.ca.

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