Not in favour of closing schools during Olympics: Vancouver elementary teachers

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - "Vancouver elementary teachers have taken the
position that Vancouver public schools should remain open during the 2010
Olympic games," says Glen Hansman, President of the Vancouver Elementary
School Teachers' Association (VESTA), Local 391 of the BCTF.
    "At this point, the Vancouver Board of Education is just considering
whether or not to do this," he explains. "But elementary teachers decided
two weeks ago at their General Meeting to reject any proposal that would see
schools closed."
    "Of major concern was the welfare of students and families in our inner
city schools, who would have little options during that time period should
schools be closed," Glen Hansman continues. "From that perspective, it is an
equity issue. It is not realistic or fair to expect families to scramble to
find child care during those two weeks."
    "Elementary teachers recognize that transportation in and out of the city
will be difficult during those two weeks, but it should be the public's
expectation that Vanoc and the city have plans to deal with that concern," he

    VESTA represents the 2500 elementary teachers and 200 adult educators in
Vancouver public schools.

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For further information: Glen Hansman at (604) 813-5318 (cell)

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