District examines options

Schools may eventually have the ability to keep classes open during the summer.

A Vernon School District committee is currently considering calendar options and whether there could be a shift to year-round schooling, which is now permitted under Ministry of Education policies.

“We have the capability to do it,” said Joe Rogers, director of instruction for student learning.

“A number of schools around the province have year-round schooling. They go three months on and one month off.”

If an individual school was interested, it could pursue a new calendar.

“We can create what we think is the best for students,” said Rogers.

However, Rogers admits there could be some challenges with year-round schooling, particularly at the secondary level because of provincial exams.

A new calendar could also impact summer employment opportunities and families who have children in both elementary and secondary schools.

The earliest a school could initiate a new calendar is September 2014.

“It will depend on whether students, parents and the staff want it,” said Rogers.

The committee reviewing calendar model includes representatives from the district, teachers, support workers, school administrators, parents and students.


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