To support the Board of Trustees’ (the Board) capacity to designate additional holiday time beyond general holidays.
A general holiday is determined by provincial and federal governments and is legally required to be provided to employees. General holidays are often referred to as statutory holidays.
Optional holidays are not legally required by legislation to be provided as holidays, but are provided by employers as part of employee collective agreements or terms of employment. Examples of optional holidays include Easter Monday and Boxing Day. Optional holidays are defined by the Employment Standards Code of Alberta.
A Board-declared holiday is designated at the discretion of the Board, and is generally used to provide additional time in relation to a general holiday. Board-declared holidays are additional to holidays included in collective agreements or provincial legislation.
The Board recognizes that the provision of additional time in relation to specific general holidays is valued by many staff members and promotes well-being.
The Superintendent will ensure staff is made aware of general, optional and Board-declared holidays, and that the school year calendar aligns with the policy requirements.
(Please see Section 45.1(1))