CVRD to present day camps for school kids during teacher strike

Day camps to be put on this Thursday with teachers on strike in School District 79

The Cowichan Valley Regional District is presenting day camps for school students this Thursday, as a teacher strike is set to hit many schools across our area.

With the strike, conducted by the BC Teachers’ Federation, set to see many teachers off work in School District 79 on May 29, that has left many local parents scrambling to figure out daycare arrangements during regular working hours.

But the CVRD has stated it will put on camps for students aged between six and 12, at the Island Savings Centre and Kerry Park Recreation Centre in Duncan.

“As a result of the Cowichan District Teachers’ Association giving notice that picket lines will close schools in School District 79 on Thursday May 29, many parents may be searching to find child care on that date. The Cowichan Valley Regional District’s Recreation and Culture Department is pleased to announce that they have organized Day Camps for children available at the Island Savings Centre and Kerry Park Recreation Centre. In addition, Cowichan Lake Recreation will be offering drop-in programs,” read a CVRD press release sent by corporate secreatary Joe Barry. “The CVRD will be presenting day long camps for kids six to 12 years of age, filled with fun games, activities, arts and crafts and even swimming.”

“We recognize that parents might be struggling to find child care as a result of this job action by the teachers, so we are here to help and give options,” said Denise Williams, child and youth programmer at the Island Savings Centre.

Further Information about the camps can be found at the Recreation and Culture Department’s webpage and on the CVRD’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

“Please be aware that day camps are not being offered on any day that schools are closed in School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith),”read the release.