The government confirmed that for each school day lost during the strike, parents of public school students 12-years old and under can register for a $40 per child per day subsidy.
But that money won’t be helpful during the strike because the Temporary Education Support for Parents (TESP) cheques won’t be issued until after the labour dispute ends.
According to bcparentinfo.ca, parents and primary caregivers are eligible to register for TESP, but stipulates that cheques will only be processed within 30 days after the month that the labour disruption ends and in a single payment.
While school doors will be physically open starting today (Tuesday), there will be no instruction for students, confirmed Greg Luterbach, the local school district superintendent in a Friday newsletter.
Support staff will likely not cross the teachers’ picket lines, which leaves only non-union staff present at the district’s schools and sites.
“As a result of the inability to ensure the safety and security of our students, I ask that parents keep all children home starting Sept. 2 until further notice,” wrote Luterbach.