N.S. father claims teachers’ work-to-rule putting daughter at risk
A Halifax-area father says his daughter’s safety has been put at risk twice in one week at school by the teachers’ work-to-rule job action.
Jeremy Springer says his eight-year-old daughter missed her bus home from school in Eastern Passage, N.S., last Wednesday.
“Her bus left and then the teachers decided to stick her on another bus,” Springer said.
That bus left her about a kilometre from her usual stop, and the Grade 3 student found her own way home.
Then, during Monday's early dismissal, Springer says his daughter wasn't put on a bus at all – even though that's what her parents told teachers to do.
Adding to the Springers' confusion is the fact their youngest daughter bussed home as usual.
“Are they minimizing what staff they use to get kids on the bus now because of work-to-rule? Like, I don't know these answers,” Springer said.
“People may not think anything's changed at the school because of this work-to-rule. Everyone thinks it's back to normal. It isn't.”
The Halifax Regional School Board says that's not the case, and the Springers are dealing with two unfortunate, but isolated, incidents.
“The supervision of students getting onto buses at the end of the school day at Tallahassee (Community School) looks the exact same as it did before work-to-rule,” said Doug Hadley of the school board.
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union says teachers' responsibilities during the job action haven't changed, and many stayed late to supervise students on Monday.
“The same thing is happening, we're just making sure that that happens within the 20 minutes after the instructional day is done,” said Wally Fiander, Nova Scotia Teachers Union first vice-president.
The school and the board have apologized, but Springer says he wants other parents to know about what happened. He says he's left worrying about whether his children will get home from school.
“I'm not sure if she's gonna get on the right bus, or if they're gonna call me and say she didn't get on the bus at all,” Springer said.
Springer says he's not looking to blame anyone but he wants all parties involved in this labour dispute to make student safety a certainty.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Sarah Ritchie.