The Saskatchewan Teachers Federation has given the province its 48-hour strike notice ahead of job actions planned for Thursday, February 8th.

Teachers in the Weyburn area and across the province will withdraw from providing student supervision during designated lunch break periods and will be absent from school grounds during this strike. 

This means that teachers will not be able to supervise students who are eating lunch or partaking in noon-hour activities.

Providing adequate supervision to ensure the safety of students is a responsibility that falls to school divisions as per the 1995 Education Act, with teachers often filling the role on a volunteer basis. In the announcement, STF President Samantha Becotte stated that the issue of lunchtime supervision is telling of how budget cuts have added to the woes of some parents.

"A decade of government funding cuts has meant parents in several school divisions are forced to pay out-of-pocket fees of $100 or more for their kids to stay at school over the noon hour," Becotte wrote. “School boards face the impossible task of balancing government funding shortfalls and the rising costs of services that students need."