Article D.22.1 of the collective agreement limits the length of a school’s instructional day. Some courses involve multi-grade classes that do not fit neatly within a timetable designed to comply with the Collective Agreement. For years the Association has approved a limited number of “variances” to the instructional day to accommodate such courses.

The process of looking at possible variances to the school day for 2020 – 2021 secondary classes has begun. Secondary staff reps should have received information and application forms that we ask be forwarded to the Fine Arts Department Head and any other interested teachers. The forms need to be completed and returned to the STA office by November 15, 2019.

It is important that applicants for variances read all of the information included in the variance application package and submit all of the necessary documentation.
Most of the approved variances are for fine arts classes. The following criteria apply:
a. The course(s) could not be offered during the instructional day,
b. The course(s) is a provincially or locally developed course where students are enrolled. i.e. cannot be a “drop in” or tutorial session,
c. The course(s) is multi-grade AND it is educationally sound/appropriate to run it as a multi-grade course, and
d. If not multi-grade, the course(s) may be a fine arts foundational course (such as Jazz 8)

Please contact Mark Keelan if you need further information.

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