Students will go back to Cowichan Valley public schools for a short day Monday, Sept. 22, if teachers vote to ratify their tentative contract.
Thatâ€™s the news from Joe Rhodes, superintendent of schools, who, like everybody else, is getting ready to go flat out Friday if the light is green.
â€œWeâ€™re not going to put anything on the school district website until we know itâ€™s been ratified. But as soon as we hear if it has, then weâ€™ve got a message ready to go right away,â€ he said Thursday.
â€œSubject to ratification, then tomorrow will be a prep day for teachers. Then, the intent is to go with a two-hour early-dismissal Monday and with a full-on Tuesday.â€
School buses are ready. There had been a bit of concern earlier that they might not all be inspected in time but thatâ€™s been ironed out, according to Rhodes.
â€œTomorrow, subject to no pickets, the drivers will be in and do their test runs on the routes. Weâ€™ve got a couple of buses that need a little bit of repair so the mechanics will be in. And if necessary, weâ€™ll keep them in on the weekend. The buses will be up and running.â€
The start-up will have its rough spots but Rhodes is confident everything will get going.
â€œThere are going to be bumps, thereâ€™s lots of stuff that still needs to be done but weâ€™re as ready as we can be. At this stage itâ€™s a hope that everything will roll out. Nothing will be sure till this evening, though,â€ he said.