Programs for Tri-City children could extend into the fall

Worried about what your kids will do in September if the teachers
Worried about what your kids will do in September if the teachers' strike isn't over? Plans are being made to extend summer camps into September.
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Talks between the BC Teachers' Federation and the province's public schools bargaining body are supposed to resume on Friday but Tri-Cities recreation departments are planning fall day programs for children and youth in the event the school strike continues past Labour Day.

Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam all report plans are in the works to provide extended summer programming into September.

Parents are encouraged to visit city websites and Facebook pages to keep abreast of programs that might be available for their youngsters should teachers continue to stay off the job through the first few weeks of September.

School is supposed to resume Sept. 2 but, just in case there are no classes, the city Coquitlam will provide day camps at Pinetree and Poirier recreation centres as well as Victoria Hall Park.

"We're putting our ideas in place," confirmed Debbie Clavelle, community recreation manager for the city.

Port Coquitlam plans to extend summer programs for the first two weeks of September, including arts and cultural programs, and programs for youth. As well, the city will keep its outdoor pools open, said Glenn Mitzel, PoCo's recreation manager.

The city of Port Moody is still working out the details of its contingency plan for the fall but will have programs in place in case of further school disruption, said Ron Higo, general manager of  community services.


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