Virtual SGM/STARA Oct 2020 The next Special General Meeting is on January 20, 2021 at 4 pm via Zoom.

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Staff Rep Training Staff Rep Training 2021 Register Register Understanding and Advocating
for Public Education

Friday, January 8, 2021
Monday, January 11, 2021
Friday, January 15, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
Advancing Equity and Inclusion
in Our Schools and Communities

Friday, January 22, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
Friday, February 5, 2021
PD Townhall 2021.01.21 If you have Pro-D questions or are a Pro-D Rep, feel free to sign up for our Pro-D Town Hall on January 21st from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Do you have
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NTC 2021.02.02 Our popular conference is back on February 2, 2021. You will learn about all your union has to offer in terms of opportunities, programs and advocacy for your rights. New Teachers' Conference Register now EJC 2021.02.02 The STA Environmental Justice Committee invites you to participate in this BCTF workshop, which will
be held on February 2, 2021, from
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm (via Zoom). Spaces are limited. Please register by January 28.
Taking Action on Climate Change Register now

Latest News

  • Update on Blended Learning

    Blended learning raises many issues, and we are having ongoing discussions with the employer about various issues that members have brought forward. We can report the following:  It no longer seems that all elementary blended classes will end in January. Since the program was a response to parent demand for a blended option, and that demand is likelyRead more

  • 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

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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