Details are being worked out on the Vernon School District calendar.

Details are being worked out on the Vernon School District calendar.

Parents have a say in the school calendar

Vernon School District board is considering recommendations for 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Once again, the Vernon School District is seeking the public’s input on its school calendar for the next two years.

The district calendar committee has made recommendations to trustees for 2017/18 and 2018/19.

“It’s the same question we always have about Christmas break,” said superintendent Joe Rogers.

This year, Dec. 16 was the last day of school, whereas for the upcoming school year, Dec. 22 is suggested as the last day before the winter break, and Dec. 21 for the 2018/19 year.

“There is a discussion around what’s better for Christmas concerts and other school activities,” said Rogers. “And there are other considerations around the first pro-D day in September. So we want public feedback on whether to have it on the fifth or the 18th next year and the fourth or the 17th the following year.”

In both calendars, Easter Monday is a day off for students and staff, although Rogers pointed out that the day is not actually a statutory holiday.

“However, Easter Monday is a holiday for CUPE staff but obviously we can’t run the schools without CUPE staff,” he said.

Students will be happy to learn that for both years, the two-week spring break remains on the calendar.

The proposed calendars have been posted at www.sd22.bc.ca to solicit feedback from all partner groups and the general public on the Pro-D Days in September, as well as the dates for Christmas break.

“These calendars are the recommendations of the committee but the board gets to decide,” said Rogers.