The Prince George district calendar committee met to discuss the calendar for the 2012/13 school year, and the question of whether or not to have a two week spring break in 2013 has come up.
The school district follows the recommendations of the 2007 District Calendar Committee, two of which are as follows:
- That the district’s spring break should always be scheduled to coincide with the provincial spring break, as per the Ministry of Education’s standard school calendar.
- That a two-week spring break be considered only in years where, as a result, a maximum of three instructional days must be made up.
For the next school year, the Ministry of Education’s Spring Break is March 18 to 22, Good Friday is on the 29th, and Easter Monday is on April 1st. It was recommended in the committee meeting that the Easter Monday holiday be moved to the previous week, which would mean there would be only three instructional days off, and therefore Prince George would have a two week Spring Break March 18 to 29, with Easter Monday, April 1st, being a school day. The instructional day would be increased by a few minutes to compensate.
Please note that Easter Monday is not a statutory holiday, although it is common to have this day off in some areas.
The committee has not reached a final recommendation on the matter. The committee would send a recommendation to the board, who would make the final decision.
Note: the District Parent Advisory Council has one representative on this committee, along with other partner groups.
Parents – do you have any comments on this matter? What would your vote be – to have a 2 week Spring Break, or a one week Spring Break?