Trustees talk school calendar

Trustees are looking ahead to next year’s calendar for students in the Vernon School District

Trustees are looking ahead to next year’s calendar for students in the Vernon School District.

At Wednesday’s district board meeting, trustees were presented with the Calendar Committee’s recommended calendar for the 2014/15 school year.

Marilyn Merler, acting director of instruction for student learning, said the calendar will be posted on the district web site for the next month to solicit feedback from all partner groups.

“We’re looking at a two-week spring break again and it won’t be attached to Easter, but it will align with the other districts in our area,” she said.

There will be six non-instructional days, with the first coming at the beginning of the school year, the first Tuesday after Labour Day. The first day of school is scheduled for Sept. 3, 2014.

“It’s a good way to start off the year and doesn’t cause another disruption for students at the beginning of the year,” said Merler.

Pending approval, parent-teacher conferences will be held in October, with student-led conferences for elementary students scheduled for January.

“There are some things we know for sure and that is the provincial professional development day on October 24, and the Okanagan Zone Conference on February 20.”

The calendar must be submitted to the Ministry of Education by March 31 for approval. If the calendar is found to be non-compliant, the ministry has 30 days from the date of receipt to make amendments.

The proposed calendar is on the district web site at www.sd22.bc.ca and members of the public have one month to provide feedback.