The school district held a calendar committee meeting at the end of December, and a representative from DPAC participated.
There are draft calendars now out for comment – these two calendars are made from the standard SD57 calendar, which would have a start date just after labour day, two week Christmas vacation, two week spring break and end just before the end of June.
Apparently, 73% of the students in BC have a two week spring break, and since it works with CUPE and the teacher’s association, we would change to having a two week spring break as standard.
The spring break in 2015 is in February is due to the Winter Games in Prince George. .
There is no plans for the establishment of an alternative calendar (ie: full year; 3 months in school, 1 month off; 5 weeks on, 1 week off, 4 day weeks, etc.) at this time. No one at the meeting really was looking to make a major change to the basic calendar, but there is definitely room to discuss minor changes in the future.
How do we proceed now to get parents input? Individual parents or PAC’s can leave comments with DPAC, or with Wendy De Marsh at the school district, up until Jan. 23, 2013. There will be another calendar committee meeting on the 24th, and they hope to accept this calendar at the February School Board Meeting (originally posted as January school board meeting, incorrect information clarified).
The assistant superintendent will meet with the PGDTA to determine the dates of the non-instructional days for the calendars.