Excitement in district as new school year begins

Suzanne Hoffman

Suzanne Hoffman

Langley students were back in school on Monday.

In a letter to parents and students sent out Thursday morning, Langley School District Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman announced that school would start for all students at the usual start time on Monday morning and end at lunch time.

Teachers ratified the six-year contract their union had agreed to on Thursday. Voting in Langley took place at the Cascades Casino and Convention Centre.

School is now back to its normal routines, with students missing the first three weeks of class due to the labour dispute.

The half-day non-instructional day planned for Friday, Sept. 26 has been cancelled, and that will be a regular day of school. The non-instructional day will be rescheduled.

Kindergarten students will still do gradual entry but that will be accelerated. Start times vary, so parents are asked to check school websites.

Buses are running regular routes and schedules.

“This journey has been long and challenging but the district is thankful for your patience and excited to begin a new school year,” said Hoffman.

A new school has opened as well. The new middle school in the Yorkson area, at 20686 84 Ave., is known as Yorkson Creek Middle School.

It will serve Grade 6 to 8 students in Willoughby, taking pressure off R.E. Mountain Secondary, which is now a Grade 9-12 high school.