Tehya O’Meara.

Back to school

Tehya O’Meara hit the monkey bars at recess on her first day back to school.

Tehya O’Meara hit the monkey bars at recess on her first day back to school on Monday after three extra weeks of summer vacation because of the teacher’s strike.

B.C. teachers voted strongly in favour of ending their strike and returning to work. B.C. Teachers’ Federation members voted 86 per cent in favour of a six-year agreement negotiated with the help of mediator Vince Ready last week. About three out of four of the province’s 40,000 teachers voted.

Most school districts reopened Monday, and the ministry has notified superintendents that the school year will not be extended to make up the days lost to the strike.

The finance ministry is preparing to send out compensation of $40 per lost student day to parents of students up to age 12.