Finalized Chilliwack school calendar awaits more input

Only two dozen people have provided feedback on next year’s school calendar, prompting the school board to hold off on approving it.

Only two dozen people have provided feedback on next year’s school calendar, prompting the school board to hold off on approving it.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, trustees wondered what had gone wrong to elicit so few responses, when in previous years more than 100 people had provided their thoughts on proposed calendars.

Now, trustees are planning on reaching out to their liaison schools to communicate with staff and parents about the importance of feedback.

The proposed calendar has been viewable on the school district website for about a month. It once again includes a two week spring break, that runs from March 13 to March 24, and the Easter weekend next year is April 14 to 17.

The proposed calendar includes 187 days in session, 180 instructional days, and seven non-instructional days. The non instructional days are Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 25, Feb. 24, May 5 and May 19. Each school schedules their own non-instructional day once a year.

It also includes a return to 15 minute recesses for elementary school students.

The board has to submit its  final calendar for approval to the Ministry of Education in March, and is hoping to garner more feedback prior to their next meeting on March 8.

To provide feedback, email Carrie Pratt, executive assistant to the superintendent, at carrie_pratt@sd33.bc.ca