Tentative deal: Classes to resume in Saanich School District

A tentative deal has been reached in the Saanich School District support staff strike and classes are set to resume on Monday.

The Saanich School District says all schools will open as of Monday for regular instruction. Schools and buses will run on their normal schedules.

CUPE Local 441 says both sides signed a tentative deal Saturday morning. Members will hold a ratification vote on Sunday. There are no details being revealed publicly yet about what’s in the tentative deal.

The union says, in a show of good faith, picket lines will come down and schools will be open on Monday.

CUPE 441 President Dean Coates says “I’d like to thank our members, parents, teachers and the community for their support throughout, and the District for their commitment to Saanich schools and students.”

The School District says “we are extremely pleased to have our schools open once again and look forward to re-engaging with our community and providing quality public education.”

The strike by support staff caused schools to remain closed for three weeks. Nearly 8,000 kids were out of class.