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December 8, 2017

PROPOSED 2018/19 SCHOOL CALENDAR

The School Calendar Committee has developed a Proposed School Calendar for the 2018/19 school year and will provide an update to the Board of Education at their Regular Public Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2017. If the Board of Education is satisfied with the Proposal, the 2018/19 Proposed School Calendar will be made available for public comment in late January.

The key dates included in the proposed calendar are:

  • First day of school: Tuesday, September 7, 2018
  • Winter Break: two weeks, December 24, 2018 to January 4, 2019, inclusive (aligned with known break dates for other Metro Vancouver area school districts)
  • Spring Break: two weeks, March 18, 2019 to March 29, 2019, inclusive (aligned with known break dates for other Metro Vancouver area school districts)
  • Five (5) Staff Collaboration Dates throughout the year (shortened days for students)
  • Last day of attendance for students:  Thursday, June 27, 2019


September 1, 2017

JANUARY NEW CURRICULUM DAY REVISION

SUTHERLAND FAMILY OF SCHOOLS ONLY (Sutherland, Brooksbank, Eastview, Queensbury, Ridgeway)

The Approved 2017/18 School Calendar has been amended to reflect a scheduling change for the January New Curriculum Training Day. All schools, with the exception of those in the Sutherland Family of Schools, will continue with the previously scheduled date of Friday, January 19th.

The Sutherland Family of Schools will hold their New Curriculum Training Day (non-instructional day for students) on Monday, January 29th.

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North Vancouver School District Calendar 2017/18


March 8, 2017

APPROVED 2017/18 SCHOOL CALENDAR

At the Public Board Meeting on March 7, 2017, the Board of Education approved the 2017/18 School Calendar.  The School Calendar has been approved as proposed.

A two-week winter break will be held from December 25, 2017 to January 5, 2018, inclusive.  A two-week spring break will be held from March 19, 2018 to March 29, 2018, inclusive.  Good Friday and Easter Monday fall respectively on Friday, March 30th and Monday, April 2nd; schools re-open on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

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All other scheduled dates remain as proposed: 

2017/18 Non-instructional Days:

The North Vancouver School District 2017/18 School Calendar includes the following three (3) District-wide Professional Development* days, one (1) Curriculum Implementation day, one (1) New Curriculum Training day (as required in 2017/18 by the Ministry of Education), and two additional school-based Professional Development days:

    • Friday, October 20, 2017*
    • Monday, November 6, 2017
    • Friday, January 19, 2018
    • Friday, February 23, 2018*
    • Monday, May 7, 2018*

* The three (3) District-wide Professional Development dates are selected by the North Vancouver Teachers' Association (NVTA) and the dates provided on this calendar indicate the anticipated dates. The NVTA's final selection will be confirmed on or before May 31, 2017.

Two (2) additional school-based Professional Development days will be determined by each school's Staff Committee as per the Collective Agreement and will be communicated by the school to its parent community on or before May 31, 2017.  [Please note: The two (2) dates highlighted in fuchsia (2) in the 2017/18 calendar are example dates only.]

2017/18 Staff Collaboration Dates:

    • Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

The school day will be shortened on these dates with secondary schools scheduling a late start and elementary schools scheduling an early dismissal. Details regarding start and dismissal times will be communicated directly by each school. 


Community feedback

The Board of Education would like to extend appreciation to all those who provided feedback on the proposed calendar. Nearly 200 responses were received. Of these responses, two themes emerged: 1. the desire for winter break to be changed to December 18, 2017 to December 29, 2017, inclusive; and 2. the desire to move both the November 2017 Curriculum Implementation day and the February 2018 District-wide Professional Development Day to create four-day weekends. Both of these recommendations from the community were seriously considered by the Curriculum Committee.

The Curriculum Committee decided not to change the winter break for various reasons, including: the belief that having a winter break aligned with all of the other lower mainland school districts is incredibly beneficial for parents, staff and students; the recognition that having a winter break aligned with West Vancouver Schools enables local service providers to offer more spring break programs; and the understanding that the traditional formula used to determine winter breaks assigns the last Friday before Christmas as the last day of school before the break.

The Curriculum Committee also strongly considered moving the November 2017 Curriculum Implementation day to align with the Remembrance Day long weekend and the February 2018 District-wide Professional Development Day to align with the Family Day long weekend, creating two four-day weekends. However, for this school year it was decided not to do this in order to respect Remembrance Day by having school ceremonies as close to Remembrance Day as possible. The Curriculum Committee will look at the possibility of four-day weekends for future calendars.​


January 23, 2017​

PROPOSED 2017/18 SCHOOL CALENDAR

 The Board of Education invites your comment on the PROPOSED calendar for the 2017/18 school year.

The School Act and the School Calendar Regulation B.C. Reg. 314/12 require that proposed school calendars be made public at least one month prior to planned submission to the Minister of Education, and that the Board of Education provide the opportunity to parents of students enrolled in each school and to representatives of employees of the Board to provide comments with respect to the proposed calendar.

School districts may develop school calendars for up to 3 years.  At this time, only the 2017/18 School Calendar is being presented.  It is the intention of the Board, in the future, to work towards development and approval of calendars for more than just the coming year.

Public comments on the PROPOSED 2017/18 School Calendar will be received by e-mail beginning Monday, January 30, 2017. Comments will be accepted up to​, and including, February 28, 2017.  The email address is:  calendarcomments@sd44.ca

Comments on the PROPOSED 2017/18 School Calendar will be shared with the Board of Education for their information.  Personally identifiable information (name, e-mail address, etc.) from your e-mail comment will not be included; only the text of your comment will be provided.

The PROPOSED 2017/18 School Calendar will be presented to the Board of Education for its consideration and approval at the Public Board Meeting on March 7, 2017.

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May 5, 2016

 

APPROVED ​AMENDED CALENDAR 2016/2017

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The North Vancouver School District 2016-17 School Calendar includes the following three (3) District-wide Professional Development days and one (1) Curriculum Implementation day:​

    • Friday, October 21, 2016
    • Friday, January 20, 2017
    • Friday, February 24, 2017
    • Monday, May 8, 2017.

Each North Vancouver School District school will also schedule two (2) school-based Professional Development days. The school-based dates will be determined by each school’s Staff Committee as per the Collective Agreement and communicated by the school to its parent community on or before May 31, 2016.  [Please note: The two (2) dates highlighted in fuchsia (2) in the 2016/17 calendar are example dates only.]

In accordance with the BC School Calendar Regulation, five (5) hours of non-instructional time is mandated by the BC Ministry of Education in the 2016/17 school year for collaborative teacher training specific to the introduction of the new BC K-12 Curriculum.  The day is scheduled on:

    • November 14, 2016.

The Approved Amended 2016/17 School Calendar includes four (4) Staff Collaboration Dates during the 2016/17 school year:

    • Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    • Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    • Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

The school day will be shortened on these dates with secondary schools scheduling a late start and elementary schools scheduling an early dismissal. Details regarding start and dismissal times will be communicated directly by each school. 

 
 

March 11, 2016

Approved Amended 2016/17 School Calendar

At the Public Board Meeting on March 8, 2016, the Board of Education confirmed the amendment to the 2016/17 School Calendar, which adds one additional day (5-hours) of non-instructional time to the school year.  The date selected for the non-instructional day is Monday, November 14, 2016.  Students will not attend school on this day.  This additional non-instructional time is mandated by the Ministry of Education for collaborative teacher training specific to the introduction of the new BC K-12 Curriculum.  The 2016/17 minimum instructional hours required by the Ministry and identified in the School Calendar Regulation B.C. Reg. 314/12, were revised accordingly through amendment to the Regulation

 

 

 
November 19, 2015

Amended 2015/16 School Calendar

 
The North Vancouver School District 2015/16 School Calendar is amended, adding two days of non-instructional time to the current school year:
 
Monday, February 29, 2016​Non-instructional day.  Schools are not in-session.
Friday, May 20, 2016​Non-instructional day.  Schools are not in-session.


This change is made on the direction of the Ministry of Education, following the announcement in September 2015 that BC school districts must provide 10-hours of new non-instructional time for teachers within the existing 2015/16 school calendar.   The 10-hours are dedicated to targeted training to prepare teachers for BC’s new K-12 curriculum, which will be phased in over the next three years.

AMENDED APPROVED CALENDAR 2015/2016

To accommodate this additional non-instructional time, the Ministry of Education has amended School Calendar Regulation 314/12, which prescribes the number of hours of instruction that must be provided to students in each year, and the requirements to amend a school calendar.  For 2015/16, the minimum requirement for hours of student instruction is reduced by 10-hours to allow for the scheduling of 10-hours of teacher training.

Information regarding the calendar changes was provided to the North Vancouver Board of Education Trustees.  As reported to the Board, the Ministry of Education assigned responsibility for selection of the dates and format of the sessions jointly to the Superintendent of Schools and the President of the local Teachers’ Association. 

More information on the new BC K-12 curriculum can be found here.