Letters: Strike has impacts on children

Teachers' strike makes it especially difficult for single parents

I’m writing in regard to the teachers’ strike as a single parent with three school age children.

I’m hoping maybe to get this out there as the strike (and I am all for unions and the teachers getting a fair wage) is continuing.

I understand the schools being on strike, but what about the daycare and out-of-school programs that go on? My children go to Sooke elementary and go before and after school to Kids’ Quest which is a out-of-school program in the school, as I work full time.

The program has been very helpful with the strikes, but now are being shut down due to the strike. How are parents supposed to work? If I don’t work I don’t get paid. My children have daycare arranged but can not go even though the program is not part of the school.

There are going to be a lot more repercussions to the community because of this that need to get out there and people need to consider. These programs need to be allowed to continue during this or there needs to be an alternative place for them to go. Myself, and I’m sure many others, can’t lose their jobs and mean to support their families due to this. Out of school programs need to continue.

Nicki Hutchinson

Sooke