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Report cards to give varying levels of info

Burnaby school district superintendent Kevin Kaardal -
Burnaby school district superintendent Kevin Kaardal
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The parents of all Burnaby school district students will receive versions of a report card, but the amount of information they contain will vary.

"Everyone's getting something," said district superintendent Kevin Kaardal "Some will be more limited than others in terms of the information we have."

At the elementary level, not all schools had the same deadline for teachers to submit marks to principals, said Kaardal. If a school's deadline was before the full strike started, and the teacher met the deadline, parents will receive a simplified report card that includes letter grades or achievement scales and possibly limited comments.

That's the case with about 48 per cent of K-7 students in the district, Kaardal said.

"The rest will get a year-end statement including attendance and a statement on what grade the child will be placed in the fall."

For high school students, senior grades are covered by a Labour Relations Board ruling. Those in Grade 12 will receive a final letter grade but no comments.

Grades 10 and 11 students will receive a final grade. That will be based on the latest available mark available, which will be submitted to their teachers for them to confirm or adjust. Again, there will be no comments provided.

Students in grades 8 and 9 will receive the most recent mark they received for each course. There will be no final grades or comments but they will include a statement on their placement next year.

For students at risk academically, placement decisions will be reviewed when more information is available.

Distribution of the report cards is still up in the air, Kaardal said. If picket lines come down, they could be picked up at the schools, otherwise they'll be mailed out. Once details are finalized, the information will be posted on the district's website (http://sd41.bc.ca/).

"It's a challenging situation we're in and we hope they are able to get to a resolution as quickly as possible so we can have a smooth start in the new [school] year."

• As of Wednesday, the district still did not know whether summer school would be offered.

"If the strike does continue, we will be unable to offer our summer learning program," Kaardal said in a letter to parents. "As we recognize that for many students summer session is an essential part of their learning program, we are waiting to make this decision until the last minute."

A decision will be posted on the district website.

Similarly, the district did not know whether childcare and summer daycamp programs would be run out of school facilities. Parents are encouraged to contact the program operators directly for updated information as it's available.

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