Students go back to school next week as do the teachers and support workers - but both employee groups are without a contract.
CUPE, which represents special education assistants and clerical and janitorial staff, are in a legal strike position.
They are asking for a two per cent pay increase for the next two years, something that Colin Pawson, chair of the CUPE bargaining committee, said other unions have received.
Negotiations are scheduled between CUPE and the government bargaining agent for next Wednesday to Friday.
"They assure us they have an offer for us," Pawson said.
While CUPE has been without a contract for a year, the teachers' contract ended on June 30.
George Serra, president of the Maple Ridge Teachers' Association, said his organization will be back at the bargaining table in October.
Serra said the teachers' association is being advised to get ready for a CUPE strike, and if picket lines are set up at the schools, they will not cross them.
The teachers are asking for wage increases, more preparation time for elementary school teachers, and contract language that defines classroom sizes and the composition of classes.
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