Nova Scotia teachers work-to-rule: What does it mean for you?

As parents and guardians, teachers and administrators prepare for work-to-rule job action to begin Tuesday, questions are still swirling about what this will actually mean for students and for parents.

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Schools were closed Monday after the government said original work-to-rule directives from Nova Scotia Teachers Union compromised student safety. Monday afternoon, Education Minister Karen Casey announced the schools would reopen after learining the union had changed their directives regarding principals’ duties.

Here are answers to some of parents’ biggest questions heading into next week:

Will classes go ahead as usual?

Yes. Regular classroom instruction won’t be interrupted.

Will there be supervision for students before and after school?

Yes. Principals will be able to arrive on school property earlier than 20 minutes before class time starts, and stay longer than 20 minutes after the last bell rings.

They are also permitted to supervise during lunch and recess breaks.

Teachers, however, will are only required to show up at school 20 minutes before classes start, and to stay for 20 minutes after the school day ends.

How will breakfast programs be affected?

Breakfast and lunch program operation at schools across the province depend on each school, therefore there’s no definite yes or no.

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With teachers and principals not arriving at schools until 20 minutes before the start of the school day, some breakfast and lunch programs may be affected. Any changes will be communicated to parents.

What about my child’s fundraiser?

Unless facilitated by a parent or volunteer, no fundraisers will be going ahead.

Here is a list of expectations for teachers during a work-to-rule campaign:

Teachers will arrive at school 20 minutes before start time and leave 20 minutes after the end of the school dayTeachers won’t communicate about school matters, including with parents, outside the teaching dayNo collection of money for, or organization of fundraisers with studentsInformation, including assessments and attendance, won’t be entered into PowerSchool or TIENTNo external assessments or diagnostic instruments will be completed by teachers, unless they’re required by lawNo department or board assessments will be administeredTeachers won’t participate or support extra-curricular activitiesTeachers won’t update websites or e-newslettersNo attendance of staff meetings, program planning or student success meetingsTeachers won’t take part in department or school board professional developmentTeachers won’t give extra help to students before or after lass or at lunch timeStudent teachers won’t be acceptedSchool administrators won’t participate in advisory council or parent group meetings, unless it’s due to an appeal of student disciplineSchool administrators won’t do classroom walk-throughs to supervise teachersTeachers and school administrators won’t attend board and department staff

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