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2016-2017 School Year Calendar

Tue, 23 Jun, 2015

News: Approval of 2016-2017 School Year Calendar

At the June 23 board meeting, the Trustees approved the 2016-2017 School Year Calendar‌, which also extends the Revised School Year Calendar Pilot Project for a third year. In collaboration with the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), the District undertook the pilot project two years ago to explore ways it could support student success through enhanced professional development opportunities for teachers and support staff.

The 2016-2017 school year will continue to include common professional development (PD) days for teachers and two days in lieu for time they’ve invested in parent-teacher conferences. The new calendar also provides some extended weekends to staff, students and their families, as the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 calendars did. Although students will have a few extra days off, they’ll receive the same amount of instructional time due to slightly longer school days.

Highlights of the 2016-2017 School Year Calendar

  • Five district-wide PD days – all schools will have five PD days throughout the year on the same day.
  • Two days-in-lieu for teachers, resulting in:
    • A fall break: Six day weekend from November 10-15 (combined with two board-approved non-instructional days)
    • An extended weekend over the May long weekend in 2017
  • School will run from Thursday, September 1, 2016 – Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Benefits of The Pilot Project

For parents and students

  • All students will be off school on the same days.
  • School days are now scheduled for the 2016-2017 school year, giving parents time to plan for childcare, transportation, recreation or educational programs and vacations.

For teachers

  • Teachers from across the District can meet on the same days several times a year to share their best teaching ideas, knowledge and expertise in support of student success.

To plan for the coming years, view the printable calendars for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.