November 30, 2012 - 9:07 AM
It will be business as usual for School District 73 students, despite provincial legislative changes that give districts discretion to set their own annual calendars.
Changes by the Ministry of Education to the School Amendment Act in November reallocated the powers from the ministry to individual districts under a new school calendar regulation.
These changes, beginning July 2013, could mean students in one part of the province are in school while those in another are on summer break.
When planning calendars, districts are restricted by a minimum classroom hours based on grade levels, must seek public consultation and must send it to the ministry for approval.
This information was sent to the SD73 education committee following the last board meeting.
School district Supt. Terry Sullivan recommended the district remain on track with a similar calendar schedule to those in the past.
"It is suggested that the board proceed to set a calendar for next year similar to the standard school calendar set previously by the Ministry of Education," he said in his recommendation to the board.
He said the calendar is expected to be in place on time by the end of February.
"This would allow the education committee time to establish a process for broad public consolations regarding changes to the school calendar in subsequent school years."
— Jessica Wallace
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