Aug 162016

We sincerely hope that all teachers have had an enjoyable and restful summer break. ESTA would like to wish all teachers a successful and rewarding 2016-2017 academic year. As a reminder, here are the dates that youth sector teachers will return to work:

  • August 22: Baie Comeau, New Richmond, New Carlisle, Shigawake-Port Daniel, Gaspe Polyvalent, Gaspe Elementary, Belle Anse
  • August 24: Riverview, Fermont, Queen Elizabeth, Flemming
  • August 25: Escuminac, Grosse Ile, Metis Beach, Evergreen, St. Patrick’s
Jun 102014

According to article 3:00 of the ESSB-ESTA calendar agreement, “Proposed changes to the school calendar for an individual school must be approved by the school council prior to presentation to the Union and Board for consideration. Requests for changes must meet the following deadline:

  • Prior to June 30th of the preceding school year for changes to holidays and/or for changes to fixed professional days.
  • When proposing changes, school councils must coordinate with other ESSB schools in their territory.
  • Consideration must also be given to the following:
  1. Shared transportation with French Boards; and
  2. The number of siblings of ESSB students in French schools.

All schools are asked to submit proposed calendar changes to ESTA as soon as possible.


Conformément à l’article 3:00 de l’entente calendriers scolaire CSES-AEES, “Tout changement proposé au calendrier scolaire affectant une école spécifique doit recevoir l’approbation préalable du conseil d’école avant la soumission au syndicat et à la commission scolaire pour considération et doit rencontrer l’échéancier suivant:

  • Avant le 30 juin de l’année précédente pour tous changements reliés aux congés et/ou aux arrêts pédagogiques.
  • Le conseil d’école doit coordonner tout changement proposé avec les autres écoles de la Commission scolaire Eastern Shores dans le même territoire. Il faut également considérer les éléments suivants : partage du transport scolaire avec le secteur francophone ainsi que le nombre de fèves et soeurs d’élèves de CSES qui fréquentent les écoles francophones.

Toutes les écoles sont invitées à soumettre les modifications à leurs calendriers scolaire à l’AEES dès que possible.


Apr 292014

Clause 8-5.01 of the Collective Agreement states that “A teacher’s work year shall comprise 200 workdays and, unless there is an agreement to the contrary between the board and the union, it shall begin on September 1 and end on the following June 30.” It is generally agreed that an agreement to begin the school year earlier than September 1st is advantageous to teachers and students since it allows for more breaks throughout the year. Therefore, clause 8-5.02 (a) of our local agreement states that “The union and the board shall meet prior to May 1st of each school year to commence negotiations on the placement of the work days for the following school year.  The process should be finalized by May 15th.”

As a result of the consultation in eleven (11) of ESSB’s school (i.e. those that ESSB has its own bussing service) and the subsequent vote for next year’s school calendar, the results are the following:

Calendar 1:          35 Votes
Calendar 2:          17 Votes
Calendar 3:          14 Votes
Calendar 4:          19 Votes

Therefore, the ESTA negotiating team will meet with ESSB next week to negotiate calendar 1. Thank you to all those who participated in this democratic process.

Apr 232013

calendarVoting for the 2013-2014 is well underway in the following schools:

  • Belle Anse
  • Bonaventure Polyvalente
  • Entry Island
  • Escuminac
  • Gaspe Elementary
  • Gaspe Polyvalente
  • Grosse Ile
  • Metis Beach
  • New Carlisle
  • New Richmond
  • Shigawake-Port Daniel

Please see you school’s union delegate for voting details that must be conducted before Friday, April 26 at 5 p.m.