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 a more gradual return to school for their child(ren), called a blended transition program. It is still not known how many parents will opt for this. We were able to meet with Senior Administration in the district to raise concerns and flag potential issues, but the STA wasn’t asked sign off on any of the plans nor did we have extensive consultation. We have been advocating strongly on various points, especially for the health and safety of teachers, and keeping our eyes on how these quick changes to schools’ practices might impact our collective agreement rights. There are a lot of moving parts!