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  • 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 forRead 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 theirRead 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 thatRead 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 blendedRead 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 approvedRead more

  • STA face shield and mask distribution to all members

    In the summer we ordered STA-branded face masks and shields, and we have enough of these for one of each per STA member. We have communicated with our reps at each site onRead more

  • Timetables, Blended Transition, and Consultation

    Earlier in August the schedule for Secondary schools was announced, and this week a change to elementary and Grades 8 and 9 was announced, which includes an option for parents to choose aRead more

  • Summer work by your union leaders and colleagues

    Advocacy takes work and we would like to thank  The 25 teachers from across the province providing advice to the working groups at the Ministry  Elementary and Secondary teachers who met with senior management regarding the September plans  OurRead more

Land Acknowledgement

Surrey teachers work on the unceded traditional territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Qayqayt and Semiahmoo First Nations. As part of meaningful reconciliation work, we reflect on the impacts of colonialism through self-education in order to be accountable to Indigenous people and pay attention to our students of Indigenous ancestry, providing them the tools for their success in the future. We are all on a path to learn more and understand the role of each of us as educators in healing the broken relationship with the First Peoples of these shared territories. We thank those who live on and care for the land.

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.