Spring break in Kamloops is going back to one week

KAMLOOPS - In another close vote last night, Kamloops-Thompson School District trustees stuck with their decision to return to a one week spring break starting in 2018.

Last night's, March 13, vote set the school year calendar for the next three years. While online petitions and parents on social media had expressed support for the continuation of a two week break, the school board stayed with its original decision.

The motion to approve the calendar also included wording to direct district administration in negotiations with district staff, with the goal of creating more flexibility in how the school calendars are made. A discussion point in the spring break length conversation was the length of lunch hours, as the teachers union contract creates limitations on length of school days or school years.

If flexibility is achieved, the debate on spring break length could be reopened.

The original vote was four to three, with a couple trustees absent. The secod vote, last night, was six to three.

Trustees in favour of the two week break argued it gave families more time together. Those in favour of one week pointed out the extra week is a financial burden on some families.

The vote came up after a three year trial period with two week breaks ends this year. The district schedules school years in three year blocks. If the issue isn't reopened before 2020, the debate could be restarted then.

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