Strike Care Lottery for November 18th – 21st begins tomorrow

As there is currently no estimated timeframe for how long the strike will continue, we will be proceeding with our strike care lottery for next week (November 18th to 21st). We will begin taking requests via email (kosckids@telus.net) at 7:00am tomorrow (Wednesday, November 13th). As in previous weeks, please use the subject line “Strike Care Request” and include your children’s names, grades, and days of care required. The deadline to submit your request for strike care is Thursday, November 14th at 7:00am. KOSC will send a reply to all strike care request emails to confirm that we have received your request.

We will perform the lottery selection process on Thursday afternoon once all care requests have been processed and double-checked. As before, the selection will be done by family rather than by individual child, and the draw will be supervised by more than one person to ensure transparency and fairness. The results of the lottery will be communicated to families by 5:00pm that day so that parents have time to make other care arrangements before the weekend if necessary.

Please note that Friday, November 22nd is a Pro-D Day, and KOSC will be honouring the registrations for that day as they preceded the strike announcement. All normal Pro-D Day registration policies will apply. If you are not signed up for the Pro-D Day and will need care on Friday, you will need to request to be added to the waitlist for that day. Conversely, if you are signed up for the Pro-D Day but will not need care, you must cancel via email no later than this Friday (November 15th).

Fees for strike care are $40/day. This reflects the additional operating costs of running a full-day program. Cancellations will not be allowed once a family has been selected via lottery, so please make sure that your requested days reflect your actual care needs for the week. If you are needing to make changes to your requested days of care, please let us know before the lottery request period ends. Please note that spaces in strike care are not transferable, and they cannot be traded or swapped.


Many parents have been asking about refunds for days of school closure. For the four days of strike that occurred in October (the 28th to the 31st), I had calculated a refund for all families by calculating your daily rate (your regular monthly Before and/or After School Care fees divided by the number of days in October that your child would ordinarily be in attendance). I multiplied this daily rate by the number of days that your child would have ordinarily had care during the four days of the strike. This refund was applied as a credit to your account, reducing any fees for strike care for those four days. You can find this information on your latest emailed statement, as seen in the example below:

We will calculate November refunds in a similar manner when school reopens so that families are refunded a portion of their November fees based on the number of days that the school is closed. In the event that the strike continues for the entire month of November, families will receive a full refund for Before and After School Care fees for the month.

As Program Manager, I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time, especially those of you who have had kind words and encouragement for KOSC staff during these long and uncertain days. I know that we are all under a lot of stress right now — parents, children, and KOSC staff alike. We continue to hope that schools will reopen soon and everything can get back to normal. Until then, we will keep doing our best to give your children a caring, safe, and fun place to spend their days.

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Strike Care Lottery Results for November 12-15

I have emailed families who requested strike care for next week with the results of the lottery draw. The subject line would be “Strike Care – Good News,” “Strike Care – (Mostly) Good News,” “Strike Care – Good News/Bad News,” or “Strike Care – Not-So-Great News.” If you did not receive a results email and you submitted a strike care request, please let me know ASAP.

Based on what I am hearing, it sounds like there is not much promise of a quick resolution, so we may be in this for the long haul. KOSC is committed to providing care throughout the duration of the strike, and we will continue to hold weekly lotteries for available spaces. Keep an eye on your emails and this website for more info.

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Strike Care Lottery Reminder and additional info

Just a reminder that we are currently taking strike care lottery requests for November 12th-15th. (Also please note that KOSC will be closed on Monday, November 11th for the Remembrance Day stat holiday.) All requests must be made via email to kosckids@telus.net. I have responded to all requests that I have received so far. If you have not received a response to your email, please resend your request to ensure that we have received it.

The deadline to submit your request for strike care is tomorrow (Thursday, November 7th) at 7:00am. KOSC will send a reply to all strike care request emails to confirm that they have been received. Please note that I will be leaving the office at 4:45pm tonight, so I will be unable to respond to request received after that time until I return tomorrow morning. If you have not received a confirmation email by 12:00pm (noon) tomorrow, please call us directly at (250) 652-5546. In the past, there have been occasional glitches with our email in which messages will not show up in our inbox until hours (or occasionally days) after they are sent, and I want to make sure that this does not affect anyone’s ability to request care.

Fees for strike care are $40/day. This reflects the additional operating costs of running a full-day program. The Board of Directors has determined that cancellations will not be allowed once a family has been selected via lottery, so if you are needing to make changes to your requested days of care, please let us know before the lottery request period ends. Please note that strike care spaces cannot be traded or transferred to other families.

We will perform the lottery selection process tomorrow once we have double-checked all requests. The selections will be done by family rather than by child, and the draw will be supervised by more than one person to ensure that transparency and fairness is maintained. The results of the lottery will be communicated to families by 5:00pm tomorrow. This gives families time to speak with employers and/or make alternate arrangements as necessary on Friday.

Unfortunately, it sounds as though negotiations between CUPE and School District 63 have not been successful in reaching an agreement. We realize that this is a stressful and difficult time for families. While we continue to hope for a resolution to the labour dispute, KOSC is committed to providing care for the duration of the strike.

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Strike Care Lottery for November 12-15 begins tomorrow (November 6th)

School District 63 and CUPE are back in negotiations this week, and we are hopeful that they will come to an agreement that is satisfactory for all parties. However, since we do not yet know what is going to happen, we are going to proceed with our strike care lottery for next week (November 12th-15th) so that we are prepared in the event of a continuing job action. Please note that KOSC will be closed for the Remembrance Day stat holiday on Monday, November 11th.

We will begin taking strike lottery requests tomorrow (Wednesday, November 6th) at 7:00am via email to kosckids@telus.net. Please use the subject line “Strike Care Request” and include the following information in your email:

  • Your child(ren)’s name(s) and grade(s).
  • The days of care you require.

The deadline to submit your request for strike care is Thursday, November 7th at 7:00am. KOSC will send a reply to all strike care request emails to confirm that they have been received. If you have not received a confirmation email by 12:00pm (noon) on Thursday, please call us directly at (250) 652-5546. In the past, there have been occasional glitches with our email in which messages will not show up in our inbox until hours (or occasionally days) after they are sent, and I want to make sure that no one falls victim to technological malfunctions.

The results of the lottery will be communicated to families by 5:00pm on Thursday. This gives families time to speak with employers and/or make alternate arrangements as necessary on Friday.

Fees for strike care are $40/day. This reflects the additional operating costs of running a full-day program. The Board of Directors has determined that cancellations will not be allowed once a family has been selected via lottery, so if you are needing to make changes to your requested days of care, please let us know before the lottery request period ends.

We will perform the lottery selection process on Thursday, November 7th once we have double-checked all requests. The selections will be done by family rather than by child, and the draw will be supervised by more than one person to ensure that transparency and fairness is maintained.

Hopefully schools will be open again next week and this will all be a moot point, but we want to make sure that we are prepared in case the strike continues.

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Friendly Strike Care Lottery Reminder + Halloween Info

Just another friendly reminder that we are currently taking strike care requests for the week of November 4th to 8th. The deadline to submit your request for the lottery draw is tomorrow (October 31st) at 7:00am.

In order to be eligible for the lottery draw, families must submit their request for care via email to kosckids@telus.net. Please use the subject line “Strike Care Request” and include the following information in your email:
o   Your child(ren)’s name(s) and grade(s).
o   The days of care you require.

KOSC will send a reply to all strike care request emails to confirm that they have been received. However, please note that I will be leaving the office tonight at 4:45pm, so if you are submitting your request after that time, you may not receive a confirmation email until I am back in the office tomorrow morning. If you have not received a confirmation email by 12pm (noon) tomorrow, please call us directly at (250) 652-5546 to confirm that we have received your request.

The lottery selection process will occur once the 24-hour request period has ended and all requests have been double-checked. The selections will be done by family rather than by child, and the draw will be supervised by more than one person to ensure that transparency and fairness is maintained.

The results of the lottery will be communicated to families by the end of that day (Thursday). This gives families time to speak with employers and/or make alternate arrangements as necessary on Friday.

Fees for strike care are $40/day. This reflects the additional operating costs of running a full-day program. After discussion, the Board of Directors has determined that cancellations will not be allowed once a family has been selected via lottery, so if you are needing to make changes to your requested days of care, please let us know before the lottery request period ends tomorrow.


On a completely unrelated note, tomorrow is Halloween, and some parents have asked if their child can come in costume. KOSC is fine with costumes as long as they are appropriate for a childcare setting and not too scary/gruesome (nothing bloody/gory, no guns or other weapons, etc). You may also want to consider whether the costume is going to be comfortable for your child to wear all day while participating in various activities, and we recommend sending a change of clothing just in case they get tired of being dressed up.  🙂

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Strike Care lottery for November 4-8 is open!

Just a friendly reminder that you may now submit your requests for strike care for November 4-8.

I have processed all requests that I have received since submissions opened up at 7:00am today, and I have sent replies confirming receipt of all strike request emails so far. If you submitted a strike care request this morning and have not received an email response from me, please try re-sending your email.

We will continue to take requests until 7:00am tomorrow (Thursday October 31st). If you have submitted a request and have not received an email confirmation by 12:00pm tomorrow, please call me directly at (250) 652-5546 so I can confirm that your request was received. In the past, there have been occasional glitches with our email in which messages will not show up in our inbox until hours (or occasionally days) after they are sent, and I want to make sure that no one falls victim to technological malfunctions.

The lottery selection process will occur tomorrow afternoon, once all entries have been double-checked. I will notify families of the results by 5:00pm on Thursday October 31st.

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IMPORTANT STRIKE CARE INFORMATION – PLEASE READ!

In an effort to respond to KOSC families’ care needs, the Board of Directors has been discussing the strike care procedures. Based on input from families, the Board has decided on the following course of action:

  • Strike care will be determined by a weekly lottery, rather than locking families into specific days of care for the duration of the strike.
  • The 24-hour request period will begin at 7am on the Wednesday prior to the week in question and end at 7am the following day. Following the deadline, all requests will be double-checked and then entered into a lottery system.
  • In order to be eligible for the lottery draw, families must submit their request for care via email to kosckids@telus.net within the 24-hour request period for the week in question. Please use the subject line “Strike Care Request” and include the following information in your email:
      • Your child(ren)’s name(s) and grade(s).
      • The days of care you require.
  • KOSC will send a reply to all strike care request emails to confirm that they have been received. If you have not received a confirmation email by 12pm (noon) on the day that the 24-hour request period ends, please call us directly at (250) 652-5546.
  • The lottery selection process will occur once the 24-hour request period has ended and all requests have been double-checked. The selections will be done by family rather than by child, and the draw will be supervised by more than one person to ensure that transparency and fairness is maintained.
  • The results of the lottery will be communicated to families by the end of that day (Thursday). This gives families time to speak with employers and/or make alternate arrangements as necessary on Friday.
  • Fees for strike care are $40/day. This reflects the additional operating costs of running a full-day program.
  • I have asked the Board of Directors to provide me with guidance in regards to cancellation and waitlist procedures for strike care in hopes of developing a clear set of guidelines. I will provide this information as soon as possible.

For the sake of clarity, here is a schedule of the request and confirmation dates for strike care if the school closure continues throughout the month of November.

KOSC will be closed for the stat holiday on Monday, November 11th.

November 22nd is on the calendar as a Pro-D Day. As in previous years, we will be honouring prior Pro-D Day registration for that day in the event that the strike is still ongoing.

We understand that this is a frustrating and stressful situation for everyone, and we are hopeful that an amicable resolution will be reached as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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