Sign up Margie Willers passed away peacefully on November 17th, 2020. She was President of the STA from 1990-92 and was instrumental in bargaining many of the provisions Surrey Teachers have today. She was a truly great Surrey teacher and the rights of Surrey Teachers were her great focus. Please join us on Sunday, November 29 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm to help memorialize Margie by signing up. Virtual Memorial for Margie Willers Virtual SGM/STARA Oct 2020 We will be reconvening the meeting on
December 2, 2020 at 4 pm on Zoom.

If you have not already received your voting and Zoom links for the 2020-2021 year, sign up for this year’s links.

Look forward to “seeing” you there.
November Special General Meeting will continue on December 2! 
Register now Gender-Based
Violence Workshop
The Status of Women Committee is hosting a full-day workshop on gender-based violence, with the goals of working to end violence against women and girls, and promoting gender equity, healthy relationships, and a new vision of masculinity.

The full day gender-based violence workshop will take place on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Status of Women Committee will cover the costs of your TTOC. Spots are limited, so make sure you sign up first before booking your LOA. The Zoom link will be sent to you after you register.

Latest News

  • Covid concerns continue

    We are working hard to bring forward concerns from Surrey teachers to district administrators and to Fraser Health. There are schools where teachers feel relatively safe now that we have settled into daily routines, and there are schools where teachers continue to be alarmed and anxious, given continued exposure notices and many unanswered questions.   One concern involves contact tracing, andRead more

  • FSA postponed, hurray!

    We are thrilled that our pressure worked and the FSA tests that were scheduled for October are postponed. Of course, a pandemic is not the time to hold standardized tests for so many reasons. As you well know, we have been running yearly campaigns to ask parents to withdraw their children from these Grade 4 and 7 tests.Read more

  • Orange Shirt Day

    Wednesday, September 30 was Orange Shirt Day. This is a day set aside for remembering the treatment of Indigenous peoples at residential schools in Canada. Indigenous children were forcefully removed from their homes and taken to residential schools. At the schools they were not permitted to speak their own languages and often forced to do menial work. Many wereRead more

  • Supervision during lunch?

    We have received calls informing us that principals are planning to have teachers supervise lunch eating with their classes so that older students don’t enter the cohorts, or so that kids are not eating in a common area. According to our collective agreement we have a duty-free lunch break, so teachers are not required to doRead more

  • “Blended transition” model staffing process

    Principals have received information about the parent demand for this program and reorganizing schools to the extent required. Our position is that class size and composition limits apply to the elementary blended learning groups. The blended transition groups will mostly be assigned at each school from the staff at that school. In small schools or where there isRead more

  • Accommodation requests, denials and what next questions

    If you have requested a Covid19-related accommodation to work remotely from home due to your personal health or family member’s health concerns, and if your request has not been approved by HR, we are collecting this data to share with the BCTF for continued advocacy with the Ministry. Please email us with this information at more

Grievance: Failures-to-Fill

The STA has filed a grievance regarding the District’s practice to direct non-enrolling teachers to cover failure to fill for classroom teachers. The STA is therefore collecting data to support this grievance by requesting that staff reps regularly report failures to fill. In an effort to make this task as quick and efficient as possible, we have created a new format for reporting failures to fill.

The Advocate

The Advocate is a seasonal publication for members. The Advocate contains a report from the President, information from the table officers, updates, and information on current educational issues and issues of importance to Surrey teachers.

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