Surrey school district ready to open if late deal reached

Surrey school district ready to open if late deal reached

SURREY — If a last-minute deal is struck between teachers and the government, Surrey schools will be able to open on time.

That was the word from district superintendent Jordan Tinney Friday in a letter to parents.

"Even if we heard about a deal as late as Monday evening, we could open on Tuesday with our normal shortened opening day routines," he writes.

Tinney continues, "We realize and respect that teachers have not been at work for a long time and that schools are in anything but normal shape. Timetables are not perfect, class organizations will need adjustments and teachers need to know what their assignments and classes look like. However we will welcome our staff and children back, do preliminary routines in a shortened day as we normally do on opening day and prepare ourselves for the weeks ahead. Teachers and support staff are highly experienced and skilled and principals and vice-principals have routines ready to the best of our ability. We believe we will be able to open doors and begin our opening routines on short notice even if things will be unsettled to start."

For the latest news regarding the status of Surrey and White Rock schools, parents are asked to check the district’s website.